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October 5, 2001
To the Editor:
The Defense Department was quick to report that our satellites detected a surface-to-air missile launched in Ukraine that may have downed the Russian airliner over the Black Sea. In a related story (p. 32, 10/5/01), the Post reported that "there have been no known instances in which a civilian airliner was mistakenly shot down during testing exercises." It would be more accurate to say there have been no admitted instances. Hundreds of eyewitnesses saw what they believed to be a missile heading toward TWA Flight 800 before it crashed. The official finding was that a fuel tank explosion caused the crash and that all the eyewitnesses had mistaken the airliner, climbing and trailing burning fuel, for a missile.
The FBI reports of what the eyewitnesses saw
can be found on www.twa800.com. Michael Wire, eyewitness #571, was
described by an analyst involved in the production of the CIA video simulation
of the crash as the best eyewitness they had.
The CIA analyst falsely claimed that
Wire changed his story, saying that what he saw was high in the sky when
he first saw it. That was necessary to because the airliner was high in
the sky, and Wire's statement was to be the basis of the claim that all
the eyewitnesses mistook the plane
Radar data show the plane did not climb after the explosion and that a supersonic object was on a course intersecting with the plane. The Defense Department refuses to disclose what its satellites revealed about that. It won't acknowledge that missiles were fired in what James Kallstrom told me was "a classified Navy maneuver."
On Sept. 11, George Stephanopoulos, a
senior Clinton adviser turned ABC correspondent, said on camera that there
was a meeting in the most secure White House situation room in "the aftermath
of the TWA 800 bombing." He hasn't explained why he referred to it
as a "bombing" and why it warranted a meeting in that room. Get the answers
to those questions and the Post might find a precedent for an airliner
to be shot down by a missile during a testing exercise.
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