Skip to comments.TWA 800 FOIA Suit Yields Smoking Gun
Posted on 11/06/2007 9:21:21 AM PST by neverdem
More than six years after retired United Airline captain Ray Lahr launched his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petition into the fate of TWA Flight 800, the FBI has shown himlikely by accidentone seriously smoking gun.
The Boeing 747 blew up off the coast of Long Island on July 17, 1996. One of the FBI documents received recently by Lahr and his attorney, John Clarke of Washington DC, details a communication that took place six days after the crash:
"On Tuesday, July 23, 1996, a representative from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) advised [the FBI] that after a visual analysis of both the videotape as well as a number of still photographs taken from various portions of the tape, the phenomenon captured by [name redacted] appeared to be consistent with the exhaust plume from a MANPAD [Man-portable air-defense] missile."
The FBI guy who looked at this must not have read it, or not have realized what it would reveal, says Lahr. Otherwise he would have redacted most of it as before.
Adding a new level of intrigue to the investigation is the fact that the video in question appears to have been shot on July 12, 1996, five days before the crash.
The earlier, unedited FBI document reports that a fellow and his friend on Long Island were attempting to videotape the sunrise when they saw and recorded a grey trail of smoke ascending from the horizon at an angle of approximately 75 [degrees].
So compelling was the visual that the fellow made a comment to his friend, heard on the tape, They must be testing a rocket. The fellow calculated that object was heading towards the Atlantic Ocean.
On the document Lahr first received, the story of the video ends right there. The next two paragraphs had...
(Excerpt) Read more at cashill.com ...
I saw Jack Cashill on C-Span over the weekend. I forgot to post the story then. I remember seeing the video at the time and later being told it was an optical illusion. Topping it off was the unlikely explanation that it was caused by a faulty design in the fuel tanks that never happened before, and that the fuel tanks needed to be redesigned, IIRC.
That tape was supposed to go to the Clinton library. Sandy, get your baggy pants!
And besides, center fuel tanks blow up on their own all the time... especially in the Philippines and Indonesia.
60 Minutes did a segment on Enron and the gas line deal in India in 1998. When the connection to the White House was made, they showed File Footage of the Bush Administration.
I believe that this was indeed an act of terrorism or a naval exercise gone wrong.
However, this article does nothing to lend credence to my theory.
“Bill Clinton would never lie about ... “
you can stop the sentence right before “about” and we know its false. clinton would lie about ANYTHING.
Adding to the intrigue? Well, no, actually... in order to add to the intrigue I would think that the missile would have to have been fired *on* the day of the crash. A missile track five days before the crash is... not involved.
The first manpad launch was too far out and the airliner was too high.
The second manpad launch was 5 or so days later and made no such err.
Sadly, our National Defenses did not correctly detect and defend the U.S. homeland from the second attack.
The first attack is one thing to excuse...it’s the second launch that downed TWA 800 that should have had General Wesley Clarke and his peers fired.
Isn’t there enough on Gorelick yet to put her in jail?
Can somebody explain that last picture....the one of the President and Air Force One? What is circled in red and what does it mean? Thanks.
I knew it. Surprised it wasn’t properly covered up.
Yea, I saw the video too. I wonder if it is still around. Didn’t look like an optical illusion to me.
If you put together a ping list on this, please do include me.
It’s part of the airplane’s self-defense system.
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