|To the Editor, Washington Post:
I read with great interest Don Phillip's report about the NTSB recently
performing missile tests to help evaluate eyewitness data of the Flight
accident off Long Island in 1996.
What manner of thorough investigation would do such experiments almost
years after the event?
The 755 actual witnesses created such a dilemma for the official
investigation that it has been kept under wraps until April this year.
is still difficult to obtain copies.) Former FBI Assistant
Kallstrom testified to a Congressional Aviation Subcommittee hearing in
July 1997 that there were "..over 200 witness's;". Later that year
Assistant Director Schiliro submitted written testimony referring to "the
244 witnesses". These grossly misleading statements can be read in
official Congressional Hearing Transcripts.
There were 755 eyewitness accounts in the FBI files! Yes, when the
finally released the witness transcripts it turned out that both the above
sworn testimonies were totally misleading. And many highly placed
government officials had even less fear of accountability or recrimination
when making "unsworn" assertions about Flight 800 to the media.
Over 100 of the witnesses reported large flarelike objects that "streaked
up from the surface". Despite having no contact with actual witnesses,
CIA came up with the theory that this was a collective optical illusion.
When will a Washington Post reporter do an article on all this dramatic
new information and its long delayed release?
Mr. Phillips gave a nod to the "cottage industry" that has been generated
by this accident. But it is actually not the accident, but the remarkably
inconsistent, secretive, highly compartmentalized and very expensive
official investigation that has spawned this cottage industry. By
for four years, and carefully spinning certain story lines to favorite
media contacts, the NTSB has blurred the many awkward facts and anomalies.
The "cottages" are full of hard-nosed skeptics who have been watching
closely for many years.
For those who are interested to look at other factual data that the
government would prefer to be forgotten, please check the web at
Flight 800 Independent Researchers web
site at http://flight800.org or read Jim Sanderson's book "Altered
Professional Engineer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
I also attached this letter for your convenience.
For your interest, the eyewitness data can be viewed at http://twa800.com
the web site of ARAP - the Association of Retired Aviation Professionals.
It makes remarkable reading.