|Letter to the Editor Newsday
Wed, 23 Aug 2000
To the Editor:
As a member of the Flight 800 Independent Researchers' Organization
I wish to respond to comments published in your article today.
comments were attributed to Jim Hall, chairman of the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). This letter is my own personal
viewpoint, and is not an official FIRO response.
There are several comments that, without a deeper analysis, can be quite
misleading. I hope to provide some analysis via this letter.
conduct their own analysis by visiting the FIRO Web site. There,
of a spontaneous explosion of the Center Wing Tank (CWT) is systematically
Chairman Hall is quoted as saying, "I know that, at the outset, many
believed that the crash of Flight 800 was caused by a criminal act.”
According to the scenario presented by investigative reporter James
(who is not a FIRO member), the missile strike upon Flight 800 was
accident by the American military. Although a missile strike
been a criminal act, ruling out criminal activity does not necessarily
out a missile strike.
Chairman Hall is also reported to have said that investigators never
shred of evidence that would point to sabotage. Sabotage is an
act that is
internal by nature, usually involving either the surreptitious placement
bomb or surreptitious mechanical damage. FIRO has never alleged
Evidence of a missile was reported by hundreds of eyewitnesses.
presented two eyewitnesses at a press conference last year in Uniondale,
Long Island. One witness TRIED to get Federal investigators to
her, but they refused. The other witness was interviewed, but
tried to convince him that he had actually seen falling wreckage.
stands by his recollections, consistent with a missile. Recently,
eyewitness alliance published a full-page newspaper ad that declares
stories have been suppressed. Ruling out sabotage does not rule
Chairman Hall said it was unfortunate "that a small number of people,
pursuing their own agendas, have persisted in making unfounded charges
government cover-up . . . " FIRO has never officially charged
active cover-up has taken place -- although many members hold that
personal view. The official FIRO position has always been to
that which can be supported by the evidence. The official FIRO
that the investigation contains many serious flaws and anomalies.
ever do obtain solid proof of an active cover-up, we will be glad to
it with the media, and to post it on our Web site at: www.Flight800.com
personal goal is to unravel the government story to find any cover-up
It is quite significant to note that FIRO does not have an "agenda",
than the pursuit of the supportable truth about Flight 800. Our
ranges widely across the educational, political, and economic spectrum.
includes people with backgrounds in physics, radar, chemistry, military,
aviation (including a former crash investigator), and journalism.
holds no official view regarding "who" fired the missile. We
have ruled out
nearly every other possible cause of the disaster that killed 230 people.
The physical and scientific evidence supports a missile strike as the
of the crash, and refutes the CWT story. A recent engineering
commissioned by the Air Transport Association confirms that there are
design flaws in the fuel systems of the 747, nor any other major airliner.
If the Flight 800 crash was caused by a design flaw, why did it take
years of flying 747s before the first "spontaneous explosion" occurred?
this was a design flaw, why don't cars blow up in like manner -- since
are also wires inside automotive fuel tanks, and since gasoline is
volatile than jet fuel? If this was a design flaw, why did Federal
investigators conduct their own tests of missiles off the Florida coast?
Ruling out criminal activity does not rule out a missile strike.
sabotage does not rule out a missile strike. Making bogus claims
design flaw does not rule out a missile strike. Making snide
"a small group of people" does not rule out a missile strike.
Those of us
that do not believe the official version will continue seeking the
So far, nothing the NTSB has said has convinced me.
Thomas F. Kovach
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