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  • Flight 800 Investigation
    explaining why parts of TWA 800 were washed with water as they came off the salvage ships The operation of the salt on the metal causes pitting and there was concern that such pitting caused by the salt could obscure or be confused with the pitting normally caused by high explosives From the beginning Kallstrom recognized that getting evidence that would stand up in court to prove a terrorist attack would be an extraordinarily difficult task Then there were the eyewitness reports eventually 244 in all which seemed to the agents who collected them in the hours and days following the explosion to confirm a missile hit Not long thereafter former Kennedy press secretary and veteran ABC correspondent Pierre Salinger came forward with claims of inside information that TWA 800 was the victim of friendly fire from a U S Navy vessel Kallstrom confirmed that Salinger had previously supplied bogus information in a terrorist investigation Salinger s claims in the TWA 800 case proved equally unfounded but because of the enormous media attention Kallstrom was forced to give him serious attention Kallstrom divided his investigative effort into three teams each working a different scenario of the case One probed the missile theory Another looked at the likelihood of a bomb One team was assigned to the accidental explosion theory One of the parties to the investigation praises Kallstrom as a bulldog who was absolutely tireless Despite the challenges of recovering the salt water damaged aircraft from ocean depths of more than 100 feet in limited visibility and shifting sands Kallstrom spared no effort in search of conclusive evidence For the first eight weeks of the probe Kallstrom and the NTSB team lead by Robert Francis got along well Kallstrom is at pains to point out that he didn t take over the probe The NTSB conducted its investigation while the FBI did its job Senator Grassley later criticized the FBI for dominating the probe NTSB Chairman Jim Hall in Duncan s House reauthorization hearings said that the NTSB should have been exclusively responsible for the investigation until evidence of sabotage was found But in the first days after July 17 1996 only five NTSB crash investigators came to the site far too few even to have collected the hundreds of witness statements Eight weeks into the NTSB s probe Jim Hall arrived at Calverton scene of the TWA 800 salvage operation This changed the relationship between the NTSB and the FBI Kallstrom recalled Then it was clear who was really running the NTSB investigation Soon thereafter the FBI and the NTSB clashed Contrary to early press accounts which attributed the friction to differences of bureaucratic culture the clashes were substantive The first was over whether TWA 800 would be reconstructed in the Calverton hangar To gain a better understanding of what happened Kallstrom wanted to assemble a mock up of the plane Jim Hall vehemently opposed him The disagreement reached the White House where Leon Panetta conferred with the president before siding with the FBI It was not the last disagreement in the TWA 800 probe that had to be adjudicated at the highest level In the context of these pitched White House battles the NTSB began colluding with other government agencies such as the BATF to undermine the FBI probe NTSB Chairman Hall s high level background briefings for reporters also undermined the FBI Hall and other NTSB senior staff ridiculed competing theories of the case misleading the press and public to believe that only the accidental explosion theory for which there still isn t any conclusive evidence could explain TWA 800 s destruction Despite the salt water immersion traces of military high explosives components PETN and RDX were found on the plane s wreckage Kallstrom thought he had the evidence he d been searching for especially after his agents checked the aircraft logs for TWA 800 and found no sign of recent use of the plane to transport explosives or conduct canine bomb detection tests The FAA subsequently claimed that logs of canine bomb tests are not maintained by individual airplanes but by local police agencies A check with the St Louis Airport Police showed a test was carried out on a wide body jet on June 10 1996 about a month before the TWA 800 explosion No records of the test were kept The sole policeman who carried it out was seen by no other aircraft crew or witnesses He did not note the tail number of the aircraft Two months later when interviewed by the FBI on September 20 1996 he recalled it was a 747 jet One of the explosives used in the test was a 1 4 pound block of C 4 a military high explosive The patrolman told the FBI that the plastic wrapping for the explosive was partially disintegrated There were two wide bodied jets parked nearby on June 10 Because the patrolman did not note the plane s tail number TWA 800 parked at Gate 50 was 17119 it is possible he confused the planes It is hard to reconcile the patrolman s timeline for the dog test with the records of when the aircraft departed Gate 50 If the patrolman is correct it means after his test was complete the pilot and crew boarded the aircraft conducted all pre flight procedures and checklists completed boarding and seating passengers and pulled away from the gate in less than half an hour Even assuming that the test was indeed carried out on TWA 800 the mystery remains how such casual contamination could leave traces of explosive after weeks of immersion in salt water Both FBI laboratory and independent scientific tests show that within 24 hours salt water washes away all traces of high explosives After Kallstrom won his White House battle for permission to re create the airplane at Calverton the FBI and the NTSB sought outside experts to examine the damage patterns All agreed that the center fuel tank had exploded

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    this is where the committee let Congressman Weldon down They never formally requested that Dietrich Snell show up at the hearing He was able today to issue a statement saying well I talked to the committee people I d be happy to testify if they ask me but they really didn t ask me to come formally DOBBS Actually well Dietrich or Dieter Snell his nickname gave us a statement Do we have that statement available to put up very quickly Because we asked Dieter Snell for a statement and this is I m told we have it There it is And this is his statement Saying he had talked with and given answers to the staff of the Armed Services Committee about Able Danger Declined our invitation to be here to discuss Able Danger and his role in the investigation You have quite a different view of what he has done here LANCE Yes Dietrich Snell is a linchpin to help us explain why the Able Danger information was suppressed both by the FBI and also the 9 11 commission and yet Dietrich Snell has never been subject to any kind of adversarial questioning He testified he was a staff counsel before the 9 11 commission He presented staff statement 16 a few softball questions from the commissioners But Dietrich Snell in my opinion is connected with at least four affirmative cover ups on the road to 9 11 in the Clinton Justice Department and those cover ups carried over and linked with the Able Danger operation So if he was here tonight if you d let me ask a couple of question I d be happy to put these questions forward as to what Mr Snell should answer He s a public servant he has no executive privilege working for Eliot Spitzer attorney general of the state of New York He should come forward in an open forum and answer these questions DOBBS He does not want to do that obviously or he would The question is why do you think he s been involved in As you put it a cover up He s been a prosecutor investigator in the war on terrorism LANCE Right A distinguished prosecutor in fact in my first book A 1 000 Years for Revenge I was very praiseworthy of him But look Dietrich Snell in 1995 the southern district of New York was a party to a suppression s information from the Philippines that the plot the 9 11 plot had begun as early as 1994 That was suppressed In 1996 he participates in a secret indictment of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed no one ever heard of Khalid Shaikh until 1998 at a time by then he s already got the plot well underway in Hamburg Dietrich Snell when I testified before the Commission it was a closed door hearing no stenographer present He takes my information and basically flushes it When the Able Danger people Scott Philpot presented his information about

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    1 million per unit was operational on the entire El Al fleet It was not immediately clear if this applied to five planes leased by El Al as well as its own 29 aircraft El Al Israel s national carrier and largest airline declined to comment saying it did not discuss security issues Israel stepped up efforts to adapt military anti missile systems for its civilian aircraft after an Israeli

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    zoom climb animation in November of 1997 I didn t know there were any such records until the CIA produced some of them in the court It looks like the CIA released the zoom climb video animation before it did its calculations The amended complaint also adds the National Security Agency as a defendant In November I received a letter from the National Security Agency saying that the NSA did

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    analysis of those items In response over the seven years since the FBI has only been able to locate one single page of actual forensic results originating from an FBI forensic examination The adequacy of this search is the subject of a current appeal in the First Circuit Federal Appeals Court in Boston To this day one of the most contentious aspects of the nearly 100 million Flight 800 investigation was that the government found no direct evidence supporting their final conclusion In August 2000 the NTSB ruled that the most likely cause was a hypothetical short circuit outside the fuel tank that might have found its way into the fuel tank They had no actual specific evidence The exploding fuel tank was a default conclusion relying on the fact that the FBI had unequivocally ruled out a bomb or a missile through its intensive forensic testing of the crash evidence This lawsuit has now established that the FBI cannot or does not want to find any of these critical forensic results that might easily validate their conclusion once and for all FBI documents released over the course of this litigation prove that scores of unidentified metal fragments and metal pellets were removed during the autopsies of the 230 victims But the forensic evidence derived from analysis of those objects or any of the hundreds of others collected during the autopsies cannot now be located in its investigation archives The claim by the FBI ever since 1999 that they cannot find any of the requested forensic results makes no reasonable sense at all It is also not reasonable that the FBI claimed complete certainty about their conclusion without them also having a very firm grasp on the forensic results upon which that certainty relied This is of greater public concern

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    to the potential problem and have adamantly denied any link to a missile attack despite over 100 eyewitnesses who saw a missile This has resulted in a blizzard of media over the years discrediting the missile theory and pointing instead to an undiscovered spark However they have not followed their rhetoric with action or funding Thus far there has not been a single grounding of a US airliner related to fixing or inspecting the supposed center tank design flaw They have proposed a relatively inexpensive inerting system that would use nitrogen to reduce the risk of an explosion but guess what it would also reduce the explosion risk in a missile attack too Oh the other hand the Government has all the sudden gotten religion with respect to Airline anti missile systems after the undeniable attacks against an Israeli Airliner and the hit on the DHL Airbus in Iraq They have spent millions on the development of an anti missile system and may spend up to 6 Billion to equip the US Airliner fleet See USA Today It is understandable that the government would want to play down the risk to the flying public after the devastation to the airline

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    fuel tanks is not a practical solution for the real threat The fuel itself has already been formulated to provide protection from a lightning strike or a random spark The real threat of a fuel tank explosion comes from a missile or a bomb As soon as the tank is ruptured by a missile or a bomb we have the ingredients for a fuel explosion misted fuel outside air and an ignition source When an airliner explodes without warning in clear skies it can usually be traced to a missile or a bomb more than two dozen incidents are on record There are no proven cases of the source being a spark of unknown origin and this especially includes TWA800 where scores of witnesses saw a missile prior to the fuel explosion Liquid jet fuel is difficult to ignite You can throw a burning match into a pool of jet fuel and the liquid will snuff out the flame Government agencies understand the missile threat The Anti Sam Initiative was discussed at a 3 day closed meeting on December 11 14 2002 Aerospace Daily December 16 2002 Understandably the government does not want to panic the traveling public Usually the

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    the 230 victims According to the county coroner the FBI took all such foreign objects for intensive lab analysis However the FBI claims it cannot find any of the forensic results of that analysis whatsoever Such shrapnel was potentially the most significant and explicit direct evidence about the explosion in the whole of the investigation In 2000 the NTSB concluded that the explosion was probably caused by the center fuel tank exploding but they could find no explicit evidence of the cause The source of the explosion is still a mystery Supporters of this litigation contend that the never released shrapnel analysis evidence is still worth examining because of what it might reveal about the nature of the explosion either the metal fragments match the metal from the fuel tank and the residues confirm explosive fuel residues or it indicate some other type of residue and source of explosion In a 28 page ruling Judge Ponsor determined that the FBI s search for the critical documents met the legal standards for an adequate search But he noted his sharp disappointment that in the final days of the lawsuit the FBI refused the judge s request for a sworn statement about

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