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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    100 a year post Aug 14 according to Kevin Law chief deputy county executive who said the county is forming a blue ribbon committee to search nationally for a successor Wetli did not return calls for comment yesterday Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer praised Wetli He s always been a professional acted impartially and with integrity he said He leaves a legacy that will be difficult to replace Flight 800 presented major problems for the medical examiner s office given the condition of bodies In some disasters where identifications are made rapidly they have died of asphyxiation there have not been mutilations the faces were intact they had wallets Wetli said shortly after the crash when 101 bodies had been recovered As far as I m concerned my staff did a phenomenal job A year later officials say only two of the 230 were unaccounted for Wetli came to Long Island after working for 18 years in Dade County Fla as chief deputy medical examiner There in 1994 he made local headlines when he handled the autopsy of an Elmont teen who died after drinking too much on a Caribbean cruise ship The search committee will include Dormer Suffolk County

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/newsday-7-14-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    that killed all 230 people aboard Instead they concluded that a spark ignited fuel tank vapors The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U S District Court in Boston demands that the National Transportation Safety Board respond to numerous freedom of information act requests made since 2004 Tom Stalcup who heads the East Falmouth Mass based Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization which filed the suit said he is very certain that federal investigators found the piece of debris and are now concealing evidence of its existence Radar data show the piece of debris falling at high speed from the plane and a Navy salvage map shows it was later recovered said Stalcup 36 a physicist and owner of a West Falmouth Mass company that makes wireless weather stations Despite this evidence federal officials won t explain what happened to the debris once it was recovered from the ocean off Long Island he said All of the data requested is of great importance to the public understanding of the crash of TWA Flight 800 Stalcup s lawsuit says One piece in particular landed closer to JFK Airport than any of the other thousands of recovered items after exiting the airframe at apparent supersonic

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/newsday-7-13-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    by Libyan terrorists in the airliner s baggage compartment Terrorist Ramzi Yousef mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center was on trial in Manhattan for a separate plot to blow up U S jetliners And just weeks before the TWA 800 tragedy a truck bomb killed 19 American servicemen at the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia As White House officials monitored the TWA 800 investigation they were acutely interested in possible links to Mideast terrorism We especially wanted to look for an Iranian connection former National Security Advisor Tony Lake tells Mattingly for No Survivors After an exhaustive investigation into the cause of the TWA explosion the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB concluded that the probable cause was not terrorism but an electrical short circuit that sparked an explosion in the vapor filled center fuel tank The NTSB warned that other aging planes were similarly vulnerable and in fact some safety experts had warned about the risk of fuel tank explosions as far back as the 1960s In a statement to CNN Boeing says it has implemented numerous fuel system improvements and continues to enhance an already safe fleet CNN Presents also shows the effects of the 10 year old disaster on the victims families who gather each year on a Long Island beach to mark the anniversary From the beginning the families bonded over their shared horror and eventual realization that the accident might have been prevented For a few their loss is compounded by the suspicion that the government has not revealed all it knows about the events of that terrible night Theories of U S Navy missiles fired in error and elaborate government cover ups still exist Internet conspiracy rumors snared even the late Pierre Salinger a former Kennedy White House press

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/cnn-7-12-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    Cumberland Presbyterian Church 112 College St This will be to honor Brenda Graham Privette her son Thomas Weatherby Micheal Barbara son Joseph Scott who all perished on their way to France for a Boy Scout hiking trip vacation God bless

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/memorial-7-10-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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    Kaye Chandler http video google com videoplay docid 4274551833211066294 I recommend you view it with a small screen allow it to upload first Unfortunately the jaggies cannot be eliminated They are not on my master its a Google deal You

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/rememberus.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    in custody in order to make our case To make this happen however the U S president would need to make a personal request to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah So for 30 months I wrote and rewrote the same set of simple talking points for the president Mr Berger and others to press the FBI s request to go inside a Saudi prison and interview the Khobar bombers And for 30 months nothing happened The Saudis reported back to us that the president and Mr Berger would either fail to raise the matter with the crown prince or raise it without making any request On one such occasion our commander in chief instead hit up Prince Abdullah for a contribution to his library Mr Berger never once in the course of the five year investigation which coincided with his tenure even asked how the investigation was going In their only bungled attempt to support the FBI a letter from the president intended for Iran s President Mohammad Khatami asking for help on the Khobar case was sent to the Omanis who had direct access to Mr Khatami This was done without advising either the FBI or the Saudis who were exposed in the letter as providing help to the Americans We only found out about the letter because it was misdelivered to the spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who then publicly denounced the U S This was an embarrassment for the Saudis who had been fully cooperating with the FBI by providing direct evidence of Iranian involvement Both Saudi Prince Bandar and Interior Minister Prince Nayef who had put themselves and their government at great risk to help the FBI were now undermined by America s president The Clinton administration was set on improving relations with what it mistakenly perceived to be a moderate Iranian president But it also wanted to accrue the political mileage of proclaiming to the world and to the 19 survivor families that America was aggressively pursuing the bombers When I would tell Mr Berger that we could close the investigation if it compromised the president s foreign policy the answer was always Leave no stone unturned Meanwhile then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Mr Clinton ordered the FBI to stop photographing and fingerprinting Iranian wrestlers and cultural delegations entering the U S because the Iranians were complainingabout the identification procedure Of course they were complaining It made it more difficult for their intelligence agents and terrorist coordinators to infiltrate into America I was overruled by an angry president and Mr Berger who said the FBI was interfering with their rapprochement with Iran Finally frustrated in my attempts to execute Mr Clinton s leave no stone unturned order I called former president George H W Bush I had learned that he was about to meet Crown Prince Abdullah on another matter After fully briefing Mr Bush on the impasse and faxing him the talking points that I had now been working on for over two

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/freeh-6-25-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    missile reports A zoom climb is a rapid pull up into a steep climb utilizing the forward speed of the aircraft Such a steep climb is much beyond the capabilities of the engines alone on a large transport aircraft This CIA agent proposed that after the nose was blown off the flaming aircraft zoom climbed from 13 800 feet to about 17 000 feet The eyewitnesses supposedly mistook the flaming B747 for a missile Never mind that the eyewitnesses saw a missile rapidly rising from the surface not a lumbering aircraft rising from a point two and a half miles in the sky The CIA agent passed his zoom climb conclusion to the FBI the following morning Then the NTSB was brought on board From that moment on the investigation was shaped to fit the zoom climb hypothesis The CIA created a video animation of its hypothetical zoom climb and presented it to the FBI In turn the FBI presented the video to the world in a prime time national television program in November 1998 Boeing wasn t pleased and it issued a statement the following day saying that it had no knowledge of the data used for the video The FBI declared there was no evidence of criminality and that it was withdrawing from the investigation However the FBI did not release the evidence that it had gathered and analyzed nor did it release the lab reports that it had prepared The FBI was not a cooperative partner regarding the sharing of information There is reason to believe that something exploded in the passenger cabin of TWA800 and foreign objects were imbedded in some passengers Red residue was found on a row of seat backs James Sanders investigative reporter had some samples analyzed The residue was consistent with rocket fuel The FBI stood by during the autopsies and confiscated all of the foreign objects as they were removed Those objects were sent to the FBI s own lab for analysis Reports were written but never released not even to the other agencies A determination that the objects were explosive fragments from a missile would have undermined the predetermined cause as being a spark of unknown origin Graeme Sephton an engineer and citizen investigator submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for the FBI lab reports Mr Sephton was denied He initiated a lawsuit Surprisingly he won and the court ordered the FBI to produce the reports Subsequently the FBI came back and said it had searched for the reports and couldn t find them The court then ruled that the FBI had made a good faith effort and Mr Sephton was denied The most widely publicized and most expensive accident investigation in the history of aviation and the FBI loses its own lab reports That is highly unlikely Presumably the objects still exist Obviously the FBI does not want the public to know what it found When I saw the CIA video animation on national television all of my

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/lahr/lahr-5-31-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    The checks and balances are not working as well as they should Dan went on to explain to me that there were two more possible steps a request for an en banc appeal to the full bench of the Boston appeals court and then an appeal to the US Supreme Court Up until now he had figured we had a good chance but for those further steps from here he stated the odds were heavily against us Very briefly this litigation effort has at least established that the FBI collected hundreds of objects during the autopsies did extensive forensic testing did not share the forensic details with the coroner or the NTSB or with congressional hearings The FBI now claims now they cannot find any of it I will write a detailed report for the benefit of those who might feel inspired or challenged to delve further into Flight 800 summarizing what was learned from the approx FBI 600 pages that were released to me And of course none of those pages explained or described what the most direct forensic evidence about the explosion revealed And then I will try and remember how to update my website for any who might want to read it For those who lost family I hope this arduous litigation process has not just ended up as feeling like more salt in deep wounds And for those who lost friends colleagues and eventually TWA itself I also apologize that this has not born any immediate fruit I closed the FOIAC bank account and the PO box a few weeks after the final appeal hearing and you should all at least be happy and be proud to know that over the 5 years of litigation your contributions versus the fees and expenses all came out pretty

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/sephton-3-31-06.htm (2016-02-13)
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