|Press Conference Summary
The FIRO event yesterday on Long Island lasted about three-and-a-half
There were 8 eyewitnesses attending the event. They were: Suzanne McConnell,
Roland Penney, Fred (Fritz) Meyer, Dwight Brumley, Michael Wire, Darrel
Miron, Bill Gallagher, and Lisa Perry. Each one went to a podium and
described what he/she saw on 7/17/96, and also what their impressions
events afterwards were, what they though to the officials who interviewed
them, etc. Then a FIRO panel (Tom Stalcup, me, David Neal, and Ray
asked the eyewitness questions for clarification and follow-up. The
was also invited to ask questions.
They were shown an overhead transparency showing how the NTSB stated
aircraft breakup would have looked from the direction each witness
The government animation was also shown several times. Each witness
asked to compare what he/she saw with what the transparency and animation
What impressed me:
1. Not a single one of these persons initially heard a noise and then
up. Instead, they saw an ascending flare and followed it up to an explosion.
Some heard no sounds at any time (selective methane explosion sound
2. Every witness described the initial explosion as a bright white explosion
. Subsequent explosions were described as being red or orange. This
very important detail, in my opinion.
3. There was no confusion about a trailing streak of fuel being
misinterpreted as an ascending missile. Most witnesses saw the streak
originate low in the sky, clearly in a part of the sky never occupied
aircraft. When they gestured in telling their stories and referring
the streak ended in an explosion, they pointed rather high : nowhere
horizon or where a sand dune or a roof would be located.
4. The streak was described as vertical or close to vertical. Of course,
aircraft never ascended in a vertical or close-to-vertical manner.
5. None of these witnesses saw anything remotely similar to the NTSB-
mandated climb of the aircraft or wreckage following the initial
6. Dwight Brumley and Michael Wire were scathing in their rejection
they were depicted in the official animation. Neither had been interviewed
by the agency creating the animation. In both instances, these witnesses
claimed the animation fabricated false elements while representing
information as coming from Brumley and Wire. Those two men are
earth and highly credible, in my opinion. One of them (Mike Wire)
being interviewed in a very, very detailed way by the FBI. He was shocked
see his 302 form later when the official eyewitness documents were
Much of what he told the interviewer had not been included in his 302.
said he thought the interview had been so detailed in order to help
officials determine what needed to be covered up! I tend to agree.
After each eyewitness had spoken, the FIRO Eyewitness Study was briefly
summarized and explained.
The event was not well attended by the general public. I would
say the room
was occupied by about 30-35 people, including everyone.
There was a news crew from Long Island Channel 12 television at the
They almost the entire event and also taped individual interviews with
witnesses. Robert Davey, from "The Village Voice" was there. A news
photographer from another paper was also there, but I did not learn
working for. FIRO made a tape of the entire event, I think, and may
something with that record in the future. Also, a New York radio station
audio taped the event: I was told they were planning to do a series
the eyewitness accounts.
I met some very interesting people there, and am very glad I had a chance
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