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  • It's Time for Some Campaining!

    09/27/2008 11:39:18 AM PDT · 1 of 2
    Hal1950
  • It's Time for Some Campaining!"

    09/22/2008 10:00:21 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    Hal1950 to Scarchin
  • It's Time for Some Campaining!"

    09/22/2008 9:18:51 AM PDT · 1 of 4
    Hal1950
  • (7/25/08) Qantas Plane Dives 20,000 Feet After Hole Ripped Mid-Air in Fuselage

    07/26/2008 8:25:41 AM PDT · 45 of 56
    Hal1950 to El Gato; _Jim

    You’right.

  • (7/25/08) Qantas Plane Dives 20,000 Feet After Hole Ripped Mid-Air in Fuselage

    07/25/2008 4:56:40 PM PDT · 41 of 56
    Hal1950 to dragnet2

    It appears the cargo door partially opened and came close to tearing out completely.

  • American Airlines Testing Anti-Missile Technology

    07/16/2008 6:56:24 PM PDT · 10 of 17
    Hal1950 to flowerplough

    TWA 800 was NOT the victim of a missile - except to the conspiracy theorists.

  • American Airlines Testing Anti-Missile Technology

    07/16/2008 5:27:31 PM PDT · 1 of 17
    Hal1950
  • Is Obama's candidacy even constitutional?

    06/11/2008 9:15:06 AM PDT · 1 of 152
    Hal1950
  • Joe McCarthy Freedom Fighter

    12/09/2007 2:12:40 PM PST · 1 of 8
    Hal1950
  • Lady Pilot's Letter To FAA

    11/23/2007 1:37:12 PM PST · 1 of 54
    Hal1950
  • Did Iranian Airbus Shootdown Foreshadow TWA 800?

    11/21/2007 9:50:37 PM PST · 161 of 252
    Hal1950 to DoughtyOne
    "False allegations? Would you care to expand on that?"

    You've had ample time now to carefully review the documented report of the 2 witnesses who put the massive fireball explosion below 8500 feet thereby conclusively ruling out any possibility that TWA 800 was the victim of a missile(s) shootdown.

  • Did Iranian Airbus Shootdown Foreshadow TWA 800?

    11/21/2007 4:30:17 PM PST · 159 of 252
    Hal1950 to DoughtyOne
    "Six hundred people saw the missile and I'm supposed to disbelieve their lying eyes and take your word for it.

    False allegations such as that serve no constructive purpose.

    Here are two witnesses who prepared their own report and clearly indicate the massive fireball explosion was below 8500 feet, NOT at 13,800 feet as the conspiracy theorists have been alleging for over 11 years. http://208.65.234.212/flight_800.shtml.

    The usual "shootdown" allegations obviously are incompatible with that documented evidence.

  • Cashill: FBI suppressed video of TWA (800) explosion / Are feds hiding crash imagery?

    09/21/2007 7:26:15 PM PDT · 228 of 250
    Hal1950 to ladyjane
    Your assertion is not accurate. The following was the response to an earlier similar contention:

    THE LINDA KABOT PHOTO
    The photo taken by Kabot depicts a bearing of north/northeast. TWA Flight 800 was south/southwest almost directly behind her.
    Photograph analyzed by CIA National Imagery and Mapping Administration (NIMA) advised that
    1. THERE IS OBJECT IN PHOTO
    2. OBJECT IS NOT A MISSILE

    3. OBJECT APPEARS TO BE AN AIRCRAFT
    Not possible to ID aircraft because:
    Not possible to determine distance of object from camera.
    Exact time of photo unknown. (time frame only is known)
    Insufficient detail in photo to determine type of aircraft.
    4. OBJECT IS NOT A DRONE
    No drone exercises conducted near Long Island July 17, 1996
    http://judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/51099lsa.htm

  • Cashill: FBI suppressed video of TWA (800) explosion / Are feds hiding crash imagery?

    09/20/2007 10:40:08 PM PDT · 122 of 250
    Hal1950 to Palladin
    "We know for a fact that cameras and film were confiscated from many people on Long Island who took pictures of the explosion."

    What alleged "fact" do you have for that statement. And who is "we".

  • The search for Steve Fossett Turk and rescue

    09/20/2007 11:21:27 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    Hal1950
  • Google Earth allows computer users to join hunt for Fossett

    09/11/2007 8:53:36 AM PDT · 1 of 10
    Hal1950
  • CNN Program on Fuel Tank explosions - MORE PROPAGANDA TO CEMENT THE REASON TWA 800 CRASHED

    08/22/2007 3:15:39 PM PDT · 115 of 123
    Hal1950 to Freedom'sWorthIt
    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/9/4/124854.shtml
    The evidence is very clear that the fuel tank did not explode when the plane was above 13,000 feet and lost its nose. A pilot who observed the accident from an altitude of 8,500 feet says that TWA 800 was a thousand feet below him when the fuel tank burst into flames, creating a trail of black smoke.

    Who was the author of that NewsMax article? Reed Irvine of Accuracy In Media - another ardent supporter of the missile shootdown notion.

  • CNN Program on Fuel Tank explosions - MORE PROPAGANDA TO CEMENT THE REASON TWA 800 CRASHED

    08/11/2007 8:27:59 PM PDT · 114 of 123
    Hal1950 to Freedom'sWorthIt
    Faret & Wendell's personally prepared detailed report is evidence.

    Nothing you provided in your reply is.

  • CNN Program on Fuel Tank explosions - MORE PROPAGANDA TO CEMENT THE REASON TWA 800 CRASHED

    08/11/2007 10:09:23 AM PDT · 112 of 123
    Hal1950 to Freedom'sWorthIt
    Most believe that TWA 800 exploded in a huge fireball at 13,800 feet. However, that huge fireball explosion took place below 7,500 feet - perhaps as low as 5,000 feet. One of FreeRepublic's most ardent missile shootdown conspiracy theorists, Swordmaker, puts that huge fireball explosion at about 7,000 feet

    The key witnesses are Sven Faret & Ken Wendell who prepared their own detailed report. They were flying at about 8,500 feet and saw the huge fireball explode below that altitude, flew over to the smoke cloud it left and determined that the top of it was at 7,500 feet

    The brief fiery streak, seized upon by the conspiracy theorists as a missile, appears to have been the ignition source of the huge fireball explosion as evidenced ty the fact that by then all of the wreckage had been falling for quite some time.

    Additionally, ten expert metallurgists (four from NTSB, three from Boeing, two from FBI Laboratory, and one scientist consultant) determined from their own extensive examinations of the wreckage that there was no evidence that TWA 800 was the victim of a missile(s) shootdown.

  • Fuel tank fears linger 11 years after TWA 800 crash

    07/18/2007 9:38:07 AM PDT · 1 of 34
    Hal1950
  • On this day in History: TWA 800 and the Clinton’s Cover Up

    07/17/2007 12:07:21 PM PDT · 28 of 96
    Hal1950 to w1andsodidwe
    "The first accounts were pretty definitive, even pictures of the streak in the sky."

    Neither you nor anyone else has ever been able to post any such "streak" or "missile" pictures. They don't exist.

    Read the report of witnesses Sven Faret & Ken Wendell and see if you can figure out for yourself why the streak was descending.

  • NBC Promotes Toxic Chinese Light Bulbs

    07/09/2007 8:24:32 AM PDT · 1 of 70
    Hal1950
  • Never-before-seen Hitler footage to air on US television

    07/01/2007 4:24:41 PM PDT · 1 of 92
    Hal1950
  • Jetliner safety bill fueled by Flight 800

    06/30/2007 7:46:03 AM PDT · 1 of 14
    Hal1950
  • TWA explosion sparks filter production at Porvair

    06/26/2007 10:10:42 AM PDT · 36 of 53
    Hal1950 to TexasCajun
    Most believe that TWA 800 exploded in a huge fireball at 13,800 feet. However, that huge fireball explosion took place below 7,500 feet - perhaps as low as 5,000 feet. One of FreeRepublic's most ardent missile shootdown conspiracy theorists, Swordmaker, puts that huge fireball explosion at about 7,000 feet

    The key witnesses are Sven Faret & Ken Wendell who prepared their own detailed report. They were flying at about 8,500 feet and saw the huge fireball explode below that altitude, flew over to the smoke cloud it left and determined that the top of it was at 7,500 feet

    The brief fiery streak, seized upon by the conspiracy theorists as a missile, appears to have been the ignition source of the huge fireball explosion as evidenced ty the fact that by then all of the wreckage had been falling for quite some time.

    Additionally, ten expert metallurgists (four from NTSB, three from Boeing, two from FBI Laboratory, and one scientist consultant) determined from their own extensive examinations of the wreckage that there was no evidence that TWA 800 was the victim of a missile(s) shootdown.

  • TWA explosion sparks filter production at Porvair

    06/26/2007 8:24:14 AM PDT · 1 of 53
    Hal1950
  • Medical examiner identifies Jessie Davis, baby

    06/24/2007 1:27:37 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    Hal1950
  • Six Flags Closes More Rides After Accident

    06/22/2007 7:11:51 PM PDT · 1 of 60
    Hal1950
  • Atlantis Shuttle Crew Undocks from Space Station

    06/19/2007 4:24:54 PM PDT · 1 of 5
    Hal1950
  • Nifong Served With Suspension Order

    06/19/2007 11:14:07 AM PDT · 1 of 29
    Hal1950
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/19/2007 9:04:04 AM PDT · 207 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine
    "Government apologists will never shut me up."

    You see tens of thousands of them don't you, including the ten expert metalurgists who found no evidence of a missile shootdown, contrary to your fantasies.

  • Over-the-counter weight loss drug available now

    06/19/2007 8:39:24 AM PDT · 1 of 20
    Hal1950
  • Drug saves frostbitten digits, study says

    06/19/2007 8:32:17 AM PDT · 1 of 12
    Hal1950
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/19/2007 8:22:59 AM PDT · 205 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine

    Put up or shut up.

  • Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Car Passengers

    06/18/2007 3:02:58 PM PDT · 1 of 95
    Hal1950
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/18/2007 10:19:40 AM PDT · 202 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine

    You never prove your own allegations - because you can’t.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/18/2007 9:14:57 AM PDT · 199 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine
    "Not that long ago a number of us went into those specifics on another thread. I and other eyewitnesses to the video recalled what the tape showed. [and didn't show] - It wasn't that much, - just a streak of light climbing from the horizon out at sea, and disappearing from the fixed cameras view, -- shortly after which a few people went to the decks railing, pointing above, out to sea."

    You always provide allegations only - no evidence. Let's see the URL for that alleged thread.

    "Typically, you weren't happy with those specifics, and went into another snit fit, claiming we were all liars."

    Ten metalurgists agreed there was no evidence of a missile attack on the 747. Are they liars?

    Why do you complain about my posting of several excerpts from the Grassley hearing?

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 7:47:19 PM PDT · 193 of 211
    Hal1950 to Malsua

    I’d suggest you read the last few postings at least.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 7:02:11 PM PDT · 190 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker
    You've attributed your own words to me.

    It seems more likely that you have now been confronted with facts in the Grassley Hearing and FBI Chief Metalurgust Tobin's sworn testimony that you can't deny.

    Plus the fact that your own stated conclusion that the huge fireball explosion took place at about 7,000 feet rules out any possibility of a missile shootdown and you cannot prepare a logical timeline to cope with it.

    Nobody else can either.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 6:09:39 PM PDT · 187 of 211
    Hal1950 to Hal1950
    SENATOR GRASSLEY: For my first question, what was your position at the FBI?

    WILLIAM TOBIN: At that time, I was the civilian equivalent of the Chief Metallurgist for the FBI laboratory.

    GRASSLEY: And then your role in the TWA 800 crash investigation.

    TOBIN: My role was to evaluate whether there could be or was any criminal activity associated with any of the--as to the cause or the materials' deformation or damage issues related to the crash.

    GRASSLEY: When did you arrive at the hanger in Calverton, New York where the plane was being reconstructed?

    TOBIN: I arrived on August 4th of 1996.

    GRASSLEY: All right. At that time did you have any inclination as to whether or not a bomb was the cause of the crash?

    TOBIN: From what I had seen and heard in the media, it did have the earmarks potentially of having been a bomb.

    GRASSLEY: Generally what were the scientific issues you confronted in order to be able to reach any valid conclusions concerning the cause of the crash?

    TOBIN: This air crash, in particular, was - is a very dynamic interaction of materials and forces that resulted in a massive amount of fractured and otherwise damaged metal aircraft components known to have been subjected to three of the most hostile circumstances that materials can undergo. In this particular case there was a midair fuel explosion. There was impact of the pieces from approximately two and a half miles in the air with the water's surface and subsequent undersea saltwater corrosion. The results were fractures, punctures, fragmentations, tears and rips, deformation and thermal, mechanical, chemical and electro-chemical damage processes including unavoidable recovery damage.

    This was an extraordinary combination of material interaction and degradation processes which - each of which can serve to mask characteristics of the other processes. So, in short, this was a massive and technically complex metallurgical undertaking.

    GRASSLEY: Was your initial inclination that the cause of the crash was a bomb? Was it confirmed by your evaluations?

    TOBIN: No, Mr. Chairman, they were not.

    GRASSLEY: Why not?

    TOBIN: The materials just lacked, completely lacked any of the characteristics that would support impulsively loaded materials from within the aircraft. The various characteristics that, and there are numerous that would indicate the presence of a bomb resulting in impulsive loading were absent in the components.

    GRASSLEY: What was it about the crash debris which disproved a bomb or missile theory?

    TOBIN: Well the bomb -- disproved the bomb theory because of the complete absence of any of the characteristics associated with the type of behavior that bombs can cause.

    As to the missile components, the same arguments would apply because that's also generally considered impulsive loading, but in addition there were penetration problems. Admittedly 100 percent of the aircraft was not recovered, but every time there was a portion of material missing, I could actually track through the multi-layered structures and actually find a component that existed in the path of what could have been viewed as an external penetration.

    Further I would add that in some of those areas where there did appear to be a hole, the holes were from within outward, rather than from outward in. That was another characteristic. But - and that the material behavior was consistent with the fuel explosion known to have occurred.

    GRASSLEY: Now I'd like to have you tell me what there is about your area of scientific expertise which qualified you to reach these conclusions that the cause of the crash was not a bomb?

    TOBIN: Metallurgy or material science is the most appropriate scientific discipline to make the evaluations as to the material behavior and the deformation and damage associated with the various degradation and destructive processes.

    GRASSLEY: Did you work with any other branches of the federal government during your years of disaster investigations?

    TOBIN: Yes, Mr. Chairman, I did.

    GRASSLEY: How did you find working with the NTSB?

    TOBIN: In my view, they are unsurpassed in their expertise, in their competence and their professionalism.

    GRASSLEY: Within 30 days of arriving at Calverton, what was your professional assessment of as to whether the cause of the crash was a bomb?

    TOBIN: It progressed from an inclination of viewing the earmarks as possibly a bomb, but it changed rather quickly to confirmation within my mind that there was no indication of a bomb and unlikely to be that of a missile within the first 30 days.

    GRASSLEY: Did you discuss that assessment with members of the National Transportation Safety Board? If so, how did they respond?

    TOBIN: I did. We were -- I have a very intimate relationship with them from having worked these disasters for approximately 25 years with them at that point. That of course would include derailments and maritime disasters. But we were in daily, and I would almost - I probably could safely say hourly contact in our very intimate working relationship. So there was not really any proactive discussion needed because we were in a constant information exchange mode while we were working together.

    GRASSLEY: Did there come a time when explosive residues were found on crash pieces of the plane? And what was your reaction to this discovery?

    TOBIN: Yes, there were three separate incidents, or instances of the finding of high explosive residues on various parts. The first incident, I was quite skeptical. But when I reexamined the areas from which the residue was recovered, I confirmed that the surrounding materials showed no evidence whatsoever of any damage processes caused by a bomb.

    So at that point I began to urge, partially because of my Marine Corp combat experience, urge that the history of this research - that this aircraft be researched. Because when I was in combat, we all carried basically some C4, which is a high explosive, and it's very easy to transfer the residues. So I thought the possibility existed that this aircraft may have been used to ferry troops to the Middle East for the Middle East War. And -- or that another possibility for the deposition was that the aircraft was used in drug sniffing exercises for canines.

    GRASSLEY: When the second incident of explosive residues was found on a piece of the plane, what was your reaction?

    TOBIN: I again repeated the process of confirmation as to the site and location from which the residues were recovered and confirmed again no indication whatsoever of impulsive loading or bomb or missile damage. I strengthened and reiterated my suggestion that the history of this aircraft be researched.

    GRASSLEY: How did Mr. Kallstrom inform you when the third incident, the high explosive RDX was found on a piece of the recovered plane? What did he say?

    TOBIN: When I was advised of that third finding of the residues, I was approached in a very excited manner and the statement was, we've got it, we've got it, it's confirmed. And I asked what was confirmed and he said, we got it, proof of the bomb and I saw in the very agitated or hyper emotional state that he was in that I needed to do some significant calming or try to bring it back down to earth or to urge prudence and caution in interpretation of those RDX residues.

    I then decided that I probably should -- I used the analogy of a cardboard box at that particular time and what I was trying to convey to him was that a simple materials analogy. My representation was, I said, Jim basically from a material science standpoint this is what you've got. You've got a cardboard box, your chemists are finding residues inside the cardboard box and the sides of the box are not even bulged out. In my business, that's called a clue.

    That didn't sit well, and at that point he got about six inches from my face and prompted - proceeded to advise me in rather graphic terms that it was a bomb. And that's the most suitable presentation I can put on for prime time right now.

    GRASSLEY: Was the insinuation when he six inches away from your face is that he says it's a bomb and you as a scientist had better say it's a bomb?

    TOBIN: I don't know what he intended to insinuate or intended for me to - how he intended for me to use that. I do know that he was rather graphic in his approach that it was a bomb and in fact I ended up wearing several particles of his saliva from that presentation.

    GRASSLEY: Did you tell Mr. Kallstrom that if there was to be a public pronouncement that Flight 800 crashed due to a bomb that you would not support that announcement from a material science standpoint?

    TOBIN: Yes, Senator, that's correct.

    GRASSLEY: Why did you say this to Mr. Kallstrom?

    TOBIN: After the finding of the third explosive residue hit and I saw the reaction and the fervor and the intensity and the frenzied reaction and I also saw the clothes that he had that day and I recognized the behavior immediately preceding most of the press announce - press conferences. And at that particular time, sorry I have something in my eye here.

    At that particular time I saw that a major PR gaffe was imminent, was in the making and I think in large part due to my loyalty to the FBI, I decided at that point that, as we would say in Vietnam, I needed to throw my body on the grenade at that particular time. And I wanted to preclude or prevent a major, major PR gaffe that in my view was about to happen from which I don't believe the FBI would have recovered for a very long time.

    And I then thought the last tool in my arsenal at that point was to indicate, to basically put the emperor without clothes. That if he was going to proceed to make an announcement that there was a bomb that he would not be supported from the material science standpoint. So that was at that point the last tool in my arsenal.

    GRASSLEY: OK. My next point is kind of a summation maybe of what you said, but I want to ask it very direct. Based upon your direct personal observations, your direct contacts with Mr. Kallstrom and Mr. Maxwell and your discussions with bomb tech and chemical analysts at the crash site, at the investigation site, had you not forcefully protested directly to Mr. Kallstrom, do you believe that the FBI would have publicly declared the cause of the TWA Flight 800 crash to have been caused by an bomb? And why do you think so, if you think so?

    TOBIN: It is my opinion that that was imminent and would have occurred. But even if there was not a hundred percent probability that it was going to occur, the odds were so high based on the actions and the demeanor and the tension that I, for the Bureau's sake I decided it was not worth the chance. So I - that's when I interceded at that point. Tried to put him in a position exposing him that to give him pause to think about any announcement that may be imminent.

    GRASSLEY: I'm told on August the 13th '96 you wrote in a memo to your supervisor quote "I am under whelmed by the finding of RDX" end of quote. Why did you write this?

    TOBIN: A number of reasons. One is I in fact was under whelmed by the finding of RDX as I've already indicated. But I -- it's partially my style to introduce some humor to try to get a point across so I think I made up my own word in that particular time.

    But I decided after that proclamation from Mr. Kallstrom to me that it was a f---ing bomb, that I needed to start a documentation because I could foresee claims of malfeasance from the material science side or that the metallurgist never communicated his findings or -- there was no recording of my opinions, my positions. So at that point I decided -- and that was August, mid August I believe, I think it was August 13th only several weeks after I arrived. And I also needed to try to start reversing the tide, to try to introduce back to headquarters the crack in the dam that to start trying to opening the focus of causes.

    GRASSLEY: Did you have occasion to have to deal with an order for 1000 random samples to be carved out of the aircraft?

    TOBIN: Yes, I did.

    GRASSLEY: What were your reasons for refusing to comply?

    TOBIN: Throughout the whole interaction, except maybe the first week, I had some serious problems with statutory authority, Title 49 versus Title 18 issues. I throughout the investigation felt and particularly in view of having worked so many of these with the NTSB in the past, that this was not our aircraft to be carving up.

    I also saw that that would have an effect from a material science standpoint, a significant impeding effect on their carrying out their chartered mission under Title 49. I didn't feel that it was our place to be carving up their aircraft.

    Secondly, I had a problem. I and my colleague have spent almost our entire lives in metallurgy classrooms, in the practice of metallurgy and material science issues and we were being told basically what samples we needed, how many samples we needed to draw our conclusions and what tests would be conducted. Albeit the test that was insisted that we -- by an individual that had not spent a minute in a metallurgy classroom. I would also add that that request was so absurd on it's face, in part because we were ordered to put a 1000 random samples in a metallurgy machine, and to this day we're not real sure what a metallurgy machine is, but that was the order at the time.(CROSSTALK)

    Part of the issues in that were that they were dissatisfied with the examinations we had conducted. They were dissatisfied with my lack of note taking, and there were five reasons that I enunciated as to why I was not taking detailed notes on the examination of these fragments. And there was dissatisfaction of the techniques that we were using to conduct these examinations, the -- again by the individual who'd not spent a minute in the material science classroom.

    We were -- basically they were dissatisfied with the visual examinations. We were doing macroscopic examinations and microscope, stereo microscopic evaluation. But the supervisor in charge of the on site investigation was dissatisfied with those examinations and was insisting that we put 1000 random parts through a metallurgy machine. I would also add that those were the same techniques by the financially interested parties, the parties who had billions of dollars at stake. The were using -- not only using the same examination techniques that my colleague and I were using, in fact, they asked where I was able to -- if they could purchase one of the items that I used for my examinations to help their examinations.

    GRASSLEY: Did you ever hear the phrase, bomb techs -- 3, Tobin-- 0? What did that mean if you heard it?

    TOBIN: I wasn't aware you had that information. That was basically an analogy to a baseball game. The first week or so I kept trying to urge prudence and caution in the interpretation of these explosive residue hits. When the third one came, I was basically told that in this baseball game that metallurgy had no runs and that the bomb techs had three runs and how was there any credibility to be attached to my urgings of prudence and caution in the material science issues.

    I at that point tried to explain that NTSB and my joint materials data stream, data flow was a long, a very long complex, drawn out process, that we just couldn't walk up to an aircraft and take a swab and then get an instant hit. But in answer to your question, Senator, that was a baseball game analogy that was demonstrated to me.

    GRASSLEY: At some point, did the bomb techs agree with yours and the NTSB's assessment that the cause of the crash was not a bomb?

    TOBIN: Yes, Senator. I would estimate that probably four to six weeks -- after about four to six weeks, we were all unanimously or near unanimously on the same page. And all being the bomb techs, the National Transportation Safety Board and the metallurgy or the material science interests in the FBI laboratory. We were all unanimously -- we were united in our observations and conclusions that there was no bomb or missile damage evident on those aircraft parts.

    GRASSLEY: The term four to six weeks brings you to what date on the calendar approximately? Just approximately.

    TOBIN: My guess would be mid September, early to mid September.

    GRASSLEY: Were you aware of the visit of a psychic at the investigation site?

    TOBIN: Yes, I was.

    GRASSLEY: What was your reaction to this visit?

    TOBIN: I was very disturbed.

    GRASSLEY: Well, tell me how disturbed you were?

    TOBIN: That was at a very sensitive time in the investigation. Up to that point there had been no release of scientific information to the American public. I felt -- I'm sorry...

    GRASSLEY: Go ahead.

    TOBIN: I felt that that was a very wrong signal to be sending out to the American public that two of the foremost agencies charged with being guardians of the public safety had to resort to a psychic to resolve this aircraft, these aircraft issues. That their scientists were not sufficiently competent to deal with it.

    I also took it as a collective slap in our scientific and investigative faces in view of the mountain of experience that the NTSB and I had had working these things that they felt the need to resort to a psychic at that particular time. I did understand and learned eventually that it was not an authorized visit by the psychic, but then that brings the next question, raises the next question.

    GRASSLEY: Why?

    TOBIN: If we were so -- yes, Senator. If we were so controlling of another agency's personnel, why couldn't we control our own personnel?

    GRASSLEY: Do you think someone was thinking in terms of getting brownie points by bringing in a psychic?

    TOBIN: I can't address the motives for bringing a psychic in, I don't have any first hand information.

    GRASSLEY: Did you learn what the psychic's findings were?

    TOBIN: I believe I did.

    GRASSLEY: And do you want to say what those findings were?

    TOBIN: I don't recall. They went in one ear and out the other, but that may have been the catalyst, and I didn't even put this together until recently, that may have been the catalyst for the pristine overhead bin incident that...

    GRASSLEY: Well let's talk about that.

    TOBIN: I was ordered to, in a rather frenzied manner, to go conduct an exhaustive search in contact with my NTSB liaison, liaison capacity, to find a certain overhead bin that was characterized as in pristine condition.

    But it was in a very emotional, very frenzied manner, so I inquired as to why I was looking for this particular pristine overhead bin on the port side of the aircraft, that was from the left-hand side of the aircraft. I was told that that was proof that NTSB was quote "squirreling away evidence" and stashing evidence, which again flies in the face of my interpretation of whose aircraft this was.

    But, so I inquired as to why the pristine overhead bin was of such significance. I was told that that was demonstrative proof that they were squirreling away evidence. That the recovery had been captured on a video tape from the USS Grapple or the USSGrasp which-- one of the recovery ships. And on the videotape it showed this overhead bin being raised or set on the deck

    . And I said, well I'm still missing some critical information, why is this important, why is this critical? To which I was advised that it had a suitcase, a badly charred and damaged suitcase inside the overhead bin. And my response at that point was, well I'm still missing some critical information. Why are we looking for this quote "pristine overhead bin"? Are you suggesting that there was a bomb in the suitcase that went off? Yes. Well that went off instantaneously brought down the 747 with no reporting on the FDR or CVR, flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder, and didn't put a scratch on the overhead bin. And I was told, yes, we want that overhead bin and I was continued -- told to go find that overhead bin.

    GRASSLEY: Did you ever hear the expression that two hundred and sixty some witnesses can't be wrong? Referring to various eyewitness accounts which supported the bomb and missile theory.

    TOBIN: Yes, I did.

    GRASSLEY: Under what circumstances did you hear that position? And how did you respond to those comments?

    TOBIN: That was the continual argument advanced when I continued to try to use the cardboard box analogy. That basically NTSB's and my position in a material scientist position is that the box fragments --if you have a bomb in a box, the box fragments will tell the story. And my position was, I don't care how many witnesses say what, the box, the container has to tell the story. And I was continually told that two hundred and sixty some witnesses can't be wrong.

    Well I repeatedly tried to convey the physics involved in the materials interactions. Number one the velocity of sound and air and why from my experience as a -- from having worked the streets as an agent, why eyewitness testimony can be flawed. And I conveyed the speed of light, I'm sorry, the speed of sound and air and the problems with audible and visual stimuli from witnesses that, two hundred and sixty some witnesses, whose focus would have been brought to the same xyz coordinates in space. That there were reasons why -- that those two hundred and sixty some witnesses could not have -- highly unlikely that they would have all seen the initial conflagration or explosion of that aircraft. A position that was ignored for a very long time, but which eventually was confirmed by CIA analysis.

    GRASSLEY: What was the reaction of the FBI officials to your scientific position?

    TOBIN: Well I -- the officials on site after -- when I first got there I basically walked on water, but after about a week to ten days when it became clear that I was not as supportive of the bomb or the missile proponents, I began to methodically get excluded from any input in the decision making process with regard to bomb or missile or even mechanical failure causes. GRASSLEY: Was your position ever validated? And if so, by whom and how? TOBIN: My position of -- oh, with regard to the reasons why 260 witnesses could be wrong? Yes, in fact as I indicated, the CIA did a very excellent study and videotape showing the effects of an audible and visual stimulation, external stimuli and that they in fact confirmed that those witnesses, it was highly unlikely that they would have seen the original event.

    And again, there were logical reasons why when one's attention is drawn over to that, to an omni-directional explosion, individuals will probably see fragments or something proceeding in an upward direction trailing smoke and flames, particularly if it's from the fuel tank. So there were reasons why some of the characteristics that were described probably were seen.

    GRASSLEY: Was there any scientific support justifying the missile theory cause of the crash?

    TOBIN: No.

    GRASSLEY: What were some of the characteristics which negated the missile theories.

    TOBIN: Well probably the most prominent -- actually there were two main areas negating missile theory. One, of course, again is the absence of impulsive loading or very high speed fractured and failure mechanisms. But secondly, there was serious issues with almost every theory, or almost every theory as to access of an external missile to the fuel tank.

    Even with as I indicated earlier, one would focus on an area where we didn't recover all of the fuel tank, there were components nearby that would have blocked or at least recorded passage of any externally penetrating object and if that weren't the case then there many layers including the external underbelly of the aircraft.

    And that was recovered -- a huge portion of that was recovered. So that basically, the only plausible theory for some of the missiles to have occurred would have been if there were missile such that could get maybe through a one or two inch opening and make an immediate left, go in 90 degrees through a seam and then maybe take another 90 degree right and then maybe reverse itself and then come back over.

    But those were some of the considerations.

    GRASSLEY: Like the single bullet theory. Despite the scientific explanations, did any FBI officials with responsibility over the crash scene continue to advance the missile theories?

    TOBIN: Yes.

    GRASSLEY: Did they continue to pursue these missile theories in a scientifically responsible manner? And please explain your answer and particularly I'd like to have you explain the pickle-fork missile theory.

    TOBIN: The answer to the first portion of that is that, no, they were not scientifically responsible. The pickle-fork theory was a continued thorn in our sides. I tried to negate it and brunt it but it reared it's head in about the third or fourth day.

    That was an area on the starboard side of the aircraft, the right side of the aircraft, that had the appearance of some significant amount of material missing.

    Now I would also add that what's important in the evaluations of the damage was the missile size that was the most prevalent and available to have penetrated the aircraft or was of the most reasonable threat was three and a half to four inches in diameter. That's a critical dimension.

    This pickle-fork area, I overheard the supervisor running the operation in briefings of dignitaries and other officials indicating that there was material missing and about like this. Well, the hands, first of all noted were in a curved manner which was not consistent with the damage but secondly it was also roughly three and a half to four inches or six inches in diameter so I saw that several times and I thought I probably should step in and try to clarify this to nip this in the bud because that was, I saw, fueling, and no pun intended, the perception and drawing out the theory that the missile caused the damage.

    So I went to the supervisor and I said, if you got a few minutes let me describe to you the process by which a metallurgist or material science or in this case, I conclude that there is only about an inch to an inch and a half of material missing from the site. So I proceeded to take him through the logic processes. I actually used cardboard and cut-outs and got him to agree that the fracture here was of this shape and we cut the cardboard to the fracture size shape. Went to another portion of the hangar and I got an agreement that these fractures in fact matched.

    This is where it's from in the front portion of the fuel tank on the starboard side. And proceeded to then show, OK, now if we unfold this folded material there's an additional three inches. I went through the whole process and got him to agree that it was only one to one and a half inches of material missing. The very next day I heard the same story to the next group of dignitaries he was briefing.

    So I thought well, I'll try this again. So I went back that day or the next day and went through the same process and two days later the same three and a half to four inches of material was missing from this pickle-fork area and at that point both the bomb techs and I threw up our hands and...

    GRASSLEY: Can you give me the name of the individual involved?

    TOBIN: That would be SSA Ken Maxwell (ph).

    GRASSLEY: Did they continue to -- no I think you've answered that. Let me ask you if you have any recommendations as to how transportation disasters should be investigated by the forensic communities in the future?

    TOBIN: I would have several recommendations in that regard. Let me clarify if you don't mind just one sentence before I answer that. I would like to make clear that this was not a usual course of events for FBI NTSB interaction. The 25 years that I've been working this and my colleagues have been working this the NTSB was a beautiful system. It worked very, very well.

    This particular investigation was the aberration in my experience. So, I would be reticent to suggest some course tuning but rather some fine tuning. So, the observations that I would offer I would suggest be taken in a fine tuning mode but my first observation is that the outcome or practice of science for such public safety issues of such magnitude should not be dependent on a single individuals agenda, biases, idiosyncrasies or the strength of their personality which it clearly was in this case.

    My second observation or suggestion is that scientists are not on an equal footing inside the law enforcement community in the strategic decision making process. There are a number of examples of that but basically scientists are, I won't say viewed as second class citizens but basically what happens inside the forensic community is if we collaborate or validate the prevailing theory, we walk on water.

    If the science does not validate the prevailing theory, then the science is just basically ignored. There are some other issues, I think the third would be that if there is some fine tuning, additional fine tuning, I would suggest that we revert back to the way that FBI and NTSB have worked these cases in the past. That the FBI's interests can be preserved by the presence of a material scientist who is experienced in materials deformation and damage working along side the NTSB, whether it's rail, maritime or aircraft disasters, represent the FBI's interest in determining whether there is or could be potential criminal activity involved in the cause.

    And then allow that contingent to ratchet up whatever additional support or FBI involvement that there should be. So, that would be my, basically that the -- I think part of the problem that occurred here was that with the process and the system being so singularly dependent upon a single individual, strong personality individual, that what I was seeing there in the first four to six weeks is what psychologists have found or concluded to be basically what was called group think.

    And I saw that very evident there and if I may explain the term, was after the Bay of Pigs failure, psychologists determined, one of, not the major cause of that disaster was that the decision making process was comprised of individuals of very similar backgrounds, similar training's, similar careers. In that strategic decision making process there was no descenting opinion within that process.

    And I saw that there was such a unanimity of opinion that it was a very -- I felt like I was trying to stop a train single handedly going 90 miles an hour there, but that's part of why I'm suggesting that if there's a way of fine tuning or if fine tuning is desired it should be somehow or another -- and I think the resolution I'm offering is by allowing the material scientists and a very small contingent to liaison and represent the FBI's interest, I believe that could go a long way in reducing the vulnerability of group think because NTSB clearly, in my personal experience are the world renowned experts in disaster investigations.

    GRASSLEY: You know, what you just described here’s some of the same problems that we found in Waco. The experts advice is not given a voice. The negotiators and the HRT was in hard control at that particular time in that event.

    [GRASSLEY continued] Let me ask you something along the same line and that is about advice and how this went and what needs to be done for the future. We've had FBI officials claim that the TWA flight 800 investigation was so good that it's a model for the future. Is it a model for the future?

    TOBIN: I can only address the material science and the scientific issues but I would say, yes, it's a model but it's model of how now to integrate proper science and how not integrate the scientific conclusions into the strategic decision making process. But clearly that's on the opposite end of the spectrum from the term that I believe the model was intended.

    GRASSLEY: Are the problems you encountered during the TWA 800 investigation characteristic of other disaster investigations that you've conducted for the FBI?

    TOBIN: No, Senator, I will underscore that this was a singular aberration that was not characteristic of my prior working arrangement with NTSB or on behalf of the FBI. It was a beautiful synergy and relationship in every other situation that I represented the FBI's material interest in.

    GRASSLEY: This is my last question. Your observations or recommendations you might have of what went wrong with the system with regard to the flow of scientific information?

    TOBIN: A major flaw that I do see in the system is that it's too easily ignored by the strategic decision makers. I think if you look at the Unabomb situation, the Richard Jewell Centennial Park Bombing, the TWA 800, the common thread is that the scientific flow of information is ignored when it doesn't support the prevailing theory.

    And again that is the basis of which I suggest that scientists are not on equal footing in the decision making process within the law enforcement, at least within the FBI.

    GRASSLEY: You're a breath of fresh air, Mr. Tobin. You've been very helpful to us for not only appearing today but for our getting the necessary background that needs to be done to make this a valuable contribution to the process of constitutional oversight by the Congress.

    I don't know how to thank you other then to say thank you. And obviously you set an example for a person who was trained to seek the truth, to work for an organization that is always supposed to seek the truth and let the truth determine guilt or innocence and I think you have lived up to that very well and in particularly you shine in this black hole of investigation that we had in regard of the TWA case. I thank you very much and I'll dismiss you at this point.

    TOBIN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 5:23:20 PM PDT · 186 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker; tpaine; All
    http://judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/51099sum.htm
    Memorandum
    To: Thomas H. Jourdan
    From: William A. Tobin
    Date: 07-15-97
    Subject: Metallurgical Status Report: TWA 800

    The last FBI metallurgical examinations or evaluations conducted of any significance, relating to damaged TWA 800 components, were in approximately October 1996. As directed by you, on January 1, 1997, I elicited a commitment for the services of a retired research scientist and metallographic laboratory specializing in the aluminum alloys primarily comprising the Boeing 747-100.

    Since May 1997, the scientist has been researching the location, morphology, and formation fracture mechanics of small holes with "spike tooth" fractures, the only metallurgically significant indicator present at a high strain rate. However, the holes are relatively small (none of which could reasonably have been responsible for "instantaneous" cessation of the recorders), exhibit no apparent preferred concentration, exhibit no apparent isotrophy, and are in matrices which exhibit no characteristics of impulsive loading or proximity to explosive (ordnance) materials.

    The scientist has observed no indication of bomb or missile damage, and brings to ten the number of metallurgists officially examining and pronouncing the absence of bomb or missile damage, four from NTSB, three from Boeing, two from FBI Laboratory, and one scientist consultant.

    It is noted that three of the aforementioned metallurgists could be considered to have a strong organizational interest in the finding that something other than mechanical failure initiated the catastrophic sequence of events.

    The "spike tooth" failures, known to both the NTSB and FBI from other incidents to be the result if high velocity contacts from damaged aircraft components, have recently been duplicated in empirical tests conducted by the NTSB where metal pieces were brought in contact with the aircraft skin at strain rates already known to be available from the forward velocity of the passenger jet and velocities associated with free fall from 13,800 feet. In view of these observations, therefore, it is unreasonable to expect the "spike tooth" failures will be related to any criminal behavior which could have caused the disaster.

    * * * * *Continued* * * * *
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 5:09:30 PM PDT · 184 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker; tpaine; All
    I overlooked including the URL of the Grassley hearing. Here it is:
    http://www.100megspop3.com/bark/800GrslyHringTrnscrpt.html

    Included also is the testimony of the FBI's Chief Metallurgist, William Tobin.

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  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 4:45:25 PM PDT · 183 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker; tpaine; All
    tpaine
    "Sorry hal, but your unsupported opinion is countered by the unsupported eyewitness testimony of many TV viewers. [some right here on this thread]."

    Some have alleged they saw a TV broadcast of parts of the disaster but none have given the specifics of it and often even some of the fragments are in conflict with each other.

    Swordmaker
    "So Tpaine and I are liars. We didn't see it and are making it up. We should believe YOU and your creative theory that supposedly explains away what we KNOW we saw. We should believe YOU rather than our lying eyes. "

    You've both been asked to described specifically what you saw. Neither of you have been willing to do so.

    It was James Kallstrom’s erroneous assumption on the basis of intial reports that Flight 800 may have been the victim of a missile shootdown that led to the FBI being authorized to seize control of the investigation from the NTSB at the outset. He promptly elbowed aside the NTSB Witness Interview Teams, as documented in NTSB Exhibit 4-A, and substituted his own agents to interview the witnesses, ignoring the fact that the NTSB Teams were far better qualified for that role. Making matters worse, as the complaints from so many of the witnesses reflect about extremely brief and sketchy interviews, it appears he gave his agents orders to move fast to find the "smoking gun" of a missile launch location that apparently convinced himself would be readily found.

    He was the first advocate of a missile shootdown of Flight 800 and spoke of "nailing the scumbags who did this" during his many press conferences. During the later hearing on his conduct, Sen. Grassley stated in part as follows:

    Today's hearing is the result of a 2-year review by the subcommittee into how Federal agencies handled the investigation of what caused the crash of TWA Flight 800. The subcommittee conducted dozens of interviews of professionals from various agencies who were either on the crash scene or were at high levels within the various headquarters of the various agencies.

    A consensus emerged from the interviews, supported by documentary evidence, about the conduct of the investigation. The collective testimony from today's witnesses will leave a very clear picture of that conduct, and, of course, it is a troubling picture.

    This investigation was run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is much doubt about whether the FBI had statutory authority as the lead agency. There will be more on that point later.

    What the public knows about the crash and its cause is what they know through countless press conferences and leaks to the press. The public also has heard numerous conspiracy theories and myths or disinformation.

    The purpose of this hearing is to provide a much more real picture of what happened and, hopefully, why it happened. The motivation for the subcommittee's efforts is to continue to help restore public confidence in Federal law enforcement. It is my intention to examine some very basic and systemic problems uncovered in this investigation.

    The goal is to have a constructive dialogue with the FBI to ensure similar problems are not repeated in the future. No one will be fingered as a scapegoat. However, if the FBI says today that its problems are of the past and it is now fixed, I will not buy that, and I warn the public not to buy it, either. There is a whole lot more to be done before the root causes of the problem are fixed. It is a systemic cultural problem that transcends any simplistic fix.

    I would like to give a word about today's witnesses, because it is not easy for them to be critical of questionable actions that they saw by FBI personnel. These witnesses will likely have to work with the FBI again, and the FBI is bigger and more powerful than their agencies. So there is an intimidation factor here.

    But that is not why these witnesses are coming forward. They are coming forward because of what they saw and what they saw offended them, both from a law enforcement standpoint and from the standpoint of public safety. They are coming forward because they truly believe it will serve the public interest and will improve the way that we investigate future incidents. This is an honorable thing for these people to do. The subcommittee appreciates their testimony and I am confident that the public will, as well.

    This is a story about how the world's preeminent law enforcement agency, at least in terms of image and expectation, sometimes acted like it did not even have a clue. I believe that each and every FBI agent and employee who showed up on the scene of that tragic crash did the best job they could and had the best motives. The same goes for the employees of the other agencies and groups that worked so hard. Many volunteered to do that, and they sacrificed their time and their commitment to a greater and humanitarian good.

    There was a basic problem, however. In my view, it was one of leadership. FBI leadership in the case of the TWA Flight 800 was a disaster. The FBI says that its investigation in this case is a model for the future. The FBI believes that even now. I say that because of their testimony they submitted for this hearing. If the FBI still believes that after this hearing, then I think the American people should be very alarmed about whether or not the FBI gets the message, because this investigation, which by statute was supposed to be run by the NTSB but which was commandeered by the FBI, is a model of failure, not success. And anyone who doubts that is not confronting reality.

    The testimony that we will hear today will describe three things. First, it will show how the FBI lacked the proper training to handle an investigation of this type and violated the most basic standards of forensic science in terms of collecting evidence, handling that evidence, and preserving the evidence. It is the kind of thing that would make even rookie cops wince.

    Second, we will try to understand the culture within the FBI that allows this sort of thing to happen. Why does the world's preeminent law enforcement agency make the kinds of mistakes that even rookies do not make?

    And third, why is it that the FBI would try to prevent critical public safety information from getting to the proper authorities?

    A January 1997 ATF report, which will be discussed today, showed that the cause of the crash of the TWA Flight 800 was a mechanical failure. The FBI did not want that report out. It tried to suppress it. The FBI feared that if the case became a criminal case and went to court, the ATF report would be discoverable through Brady doctrine and might help exculpate the potential suspects.

    But the FBI had the cart before the horse. You cannot start suppressing information when there is no crime. The vast majority of explosions like TWA are due to accidents, not to sabotage. For the FBI to assume first that an explosion is sabotage reveals its lack of experience in dealing with explosion incidents. Indeed, the FBI rarely investigates explosions and fires. Other law enforcement agencies, most notably the ATF, investigate many explosions and have lots of experience.

    The proof is in the pudding. The ATF called the cause of the crash correctly, 10 months before the FBI did. In fact, it is fair to say that the FBI hindered the investigation and the public's and the families' right to know, and in the process, in my view, the FBI risked public safety.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/17/2007 12:41:16 PM PDT · 179 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker; tpaine
    There was no video broadcast of the disaster.

    Here's how that notion all started:
    FBI seizes tape purportedly showing object speeding toward jet
    In Florida, retired United Airlines pilot Richard Russell says FBI agents came to his Daytona Beach home Monday and seized a videotape. Russell claims the video is a copy of a Federal Aviation Administration radar tape showing a missile speeding toward the Boeing 747 aircraft minutes before the plane exploded. Russell, who is conducting his own investigation into the disaster, will not say how he obtained the tape.
    http://www.cnn.com/US/9703/11/twa.missile/index.html

    Two Russian satellites active above the scene of the disaster produced videotapes showing a missile hitting the TWA aircraft, according to the report Salinger released in Paris.
    http://www.cnn.com/US/9703/13/twa/

    The Linda Kabot "Party photo" (Still Photo - Not Video):


    The photo taken by Kabot depicts a bearing of north/northeast. TWA Flight 800 was south/southwest almost directly behind her.
    Photograph analyzed by CIA National Imagery and Mapping Administration (NIMA) advised that
    1. THERE IS OBJECT IN PHOTO
    2. OBJECT IS NOT A MISSILE

    3. OBJECT APPEARS TO BE AN AIRCRAFT
    Not possible to ID aircraft because:
    Not possible to determine distance of object from camera.
    Exact time of photo unknown. (time frame only is known)
    Insufficient detail in photo to determine type of aircraft.
    4. OBJECT IS NOT A DRONE
    No drone exercises conducted near Long Island July 17, 1996
    http://judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/51099lsa.htm
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/16/2007 7:02:54 PM PDT · 159 of 211
    Hal1950 to Swordmaker
    What did you speciclly see?
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    Hal1950
  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/16/2007 11:26:03 AM PDT · 154 of 211
    Hal1950 to gnarledmaw
    "I watched the video myself. It played repeatedly for hours on the station I watched here."

    Repeatedly? Please identify the station and location and what it portrayed specifically - of you can.

    "Your entire post in 128 is a bald faced lie, "still picture"?...Now youre just making shit up."

    Linda Kabot was at a political party at Docker's Restaurant on Long Island and took a number of photos of the others there with her still camera on the night of the TWA 800 disaster. When they were later developed, one of them had a bright spot that was later enlarged.

    * * * * * * * * * *

    http://judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/51099lsa.htm
    THE LINDA KABOT PHOTO
    The photo taken by Kabot depicts a bearing of north/northeast. TWA Flight 800 was south/southwest almost directly behind her.
    Photograph analyzed by CIA National Imagery and Mapping Administration (NIMA) advised that
    1. THERE IS OBJECT IN PHOTO
    2. OBJECT IS NOT A MISSILE

    3. OBJECT APPEARS TO BE AN AIRCRAFT
    Not possible to ID aircraft because:
    Not possible to determine distance of object from camera.
    Exact time of photo unknown. (time frame only is known)
    Insufficient detail in photo to determine type of aircraft.
    4. OBJECT IS NOT A DRONE
    No drone exercises conducted near Long Island July 17, 1996
    http://judiciary.senate.gov/oldsite/51099lsa.htm

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/16/2007 7:57:16 AM PDT · 143 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine; Swordmaker
    "Many of us here - and on other threads, have said we saw a brief 'cocktail party' tape broadcast on that night."

    Does Swordmaker agree with you that he too saw the alleged "cocktail party tape"?

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/14/2007 11:55:55 AM PDT · 140 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine
    No name and no date on this letter. Doesn't sound like your alleged "party tape".

    Dear ARAP, The night TWA800 went down, our local TV news station aired a video of what apeared to be a flare aproaching the aircraft seconds before the jet exploded. They also reported on the eye witness accounts to support what the video plainly showed. That was the first, last and only time I saw that video.

    As we all know, when the media has in its hands this type of video; we the public are always treated to an ongoing barrage of showings over and over again. This is after all, big news. When something this big suddenly disapears from the TV screens, my antenni go through the ceiling.

    Sure there has been reporting on TWA800 but I have yet to see that video again on any broadcast. This video showed a very clear sky and not poor visibility as stated by the NTSB. I cannot recall which local station broadcasted it but I usualy tune into wtvt ch.13 Tampa Florida. I have not contacted them on this matter because requests for other news stories have been responded with little or no help at all.

    With such massive amounts of investigating you have done, this seems to me miniscule but, I thought it worth mentioning. Some where out there is the original home video that captured the actual account of TWA800. I am a person with little clout and little means but I saw what I saw and have long been suspicious of the Federal investigation of 800. I would be interested in receiving future e-mails and updates on 800. Thank you for your attention.

  • The Great Media Scandal Keeps Getting Greater {TWA 800}

    06/13/2007 12:50:39 PM PDT · 132 of 211
    Hal1950 to tpaine
    It's what their lying words falsely claim they saw.

    Which includes you.