Following is a brief summary
of today's press conference.
The press conference began at 10:30am with a family member, Marge Gross,
who lost her brother on the flight, expressing her belief that the NTSB
and FBI were not were not telling the truth about the loss of Flight 800.
She also related a story about how FBI Deputy Director Kallstrom, early
the investigation, told her "It was definitely a missile, but I'll deny
if you quote me." She said she was stunned, but that there were other
witnesses present who could corroborate her story.
Next was Master Chief Dwight Brumley, the passenger on USAir Flight 217,
who saw a streak of light coming from behind his plane (the USAir flight),
going faster than Flight 217, end in a small explosion that subsequently
grew to a large fireball. His aircraft was traveling approximately
and Flight 800 was traveling east. The CIA distorted his statement,
reading a short FBI 302 form, and said his view of the streak was
consistent with the flight path of Flight 800. In fact, his view
streak was at a 90-degree angle to Flight 800's path and could not have
been the burning aircraft as claimed by the CIA.
Next was Michael Wire, the eyewitness on a bridge. Although only
interviewed him, the CIA based their entire video discrediting the
eyewitnesses, on his written FBI 302 statement. Mr. Wire stated that
CIA video bears no resemblance to what he was. He proceeded to describe
seeing a flare rapidly rise from the surface, arcing up leaving a squiggly
smoke trail, and then disappear for a second and erupting into an
explosion. During the Q&A it was clear that what the CIA video
not what Mr. Wire saw.
Next was James Sanders who presented photographs from the Calverton
hanger. He discussed how metal was bent during the reconstruction
the CWT explosion theory. He presented quite a few photographs with
discussion of how the missile went through the aircraft.
Next came Tom Stalcup, president of FIRO, Flight 800 Independent
Researchers Organization. Tom gave a discussion of the eyewitness
evidence and provided some examples along with the statistics related to
the witness forms. He also discussed the lawsuit filed by FIRO to
the FBI to release information.
Last was Cmdr. Donaldson who spoke passionately about his reasons for
pursuing this investigation and the evidence that is being ignored by the
NTSB - the failure of the left wing due to asymmetrical damage which is
completely inconsistent with the CWT theory and completely consistent with
the China Lake military expert's report that recommended the FBI fire live
stinger missiles into the #2 left wing tank to see if it matched the
damage to the left upper wing skin. The expert suggested this is
explanation for the damage found on the left wing.
Finally, there was an open Q&A session with active participation in
numerous reporters present. For an hour and a half after the conference
all of the presenters were sought out for one on one interviews.
At the end of the session, AIM filmed each of the presenters for a
documentary on the tragedy.
Paula Zahn Interview
Cmdr. Donaldson's interview with Paula Zahn was cancelled late this
afternoon to provide more coverage of Hillary Clinton's alleged racial
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