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  • Flight 800:
    director of Aviation Safety of the National Transportation Safety Board said Flight 800 was destroyed by an explosion in its nearly empty center wing fuel tank What PrimeTime failed to report Irvine says is the evidence Commander William Donaldson has produced proving this theory to be wrong Donaldson is a retired Navy attack pilot who spent most of his career as a crash investigator He is an AIM member who has been conducting an independent investigation which is funded by AIM The result of Donaldson¹s on going investigation alludes to one or more missiles causing the plane to go down and a possible FBI cover up Journalists who have accepted the official claims that there is no evidence that a missile downed FL800 have not critically examined the evidence Irvine wrote in his newsletter There are no test results that support the NTSB hypothesis FROM A RADICAL TO A WATCHDOG Once a radical he said the main purpose of AIM is to correct inaccuracies within the media and to ensure the public is informed from all sides He formed the organization because of his irritation with the misinformation within newspapers and television news programs As an economist with the Federal Reserve System in Washington Irvine joined a luncheon club where conservatives would gather and discuss current affairs From those conversations he saw a need to form an organization whose main objective would be to keep mainstream media in line In 1969 with the help of a millionaire friend AIM was founded We felt the media was misbehaving and causing a lot of grief he recalls By 1972 we began printing a newsletter focusing on factual errors made throughout the media The organization grew and became more vocal in the intervening years Many journalists and editors have criticized Irvine accusing him

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/suffolk/suffolk7.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • NY Times
    of Flight 800 This is not a case about what caused the crash of T W A Flight 800 or whether their actions obstructed justice said the assistant United States attorney David B Pitofsky It s simply about their involvement in a conspiracy to remove parts of a plane involved in an accident In response J Bruce Maffeo who is representing Sanders told the jury that the prosecution s case was much ado about nothing and represented a continuing effort by the Government to harass the couple Their only motive was to get at the truth Maffeo said of the Sanderses who are each free on 50 000 bond and face up to 10 years in prison if convicted Jeremy Gutman a lawyer representing Mrs Sanders told the jury that his client had trained and worked with many of the crew members who died in the crash and that her only intent was to help find the cause of the explosion The Government would have you believe that trying to find out the truth is a conspiracy Gutman said Lawyers for both sides reminded the jury that no one had yet determined what caused the explosion and crash of the jet 12 minutes after it took off from Kennedy International Airport for Paris on the evening of July 17 1996 The Sanderses who live in Williamsburg Va are charged under a relatively new Federal law enacted by Congress in 1996 after a truck driver in Florida was accused of taking a piece of wreckage of the May 1996 Valujet crash as a souvenir The law makes it illegal to remove conceal or withhold parts of a civil aircraft involved in an accident Among those in the courtroom supporting the Sanderses today were several people who said the Government was conspiring

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nytimes.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • NY TimesJury at Conspiracy Trial Shown Flight 800 SeatsBy JOHN T.
    Court here that he had stolen the seating material from a Government hangar in Calverton on Long Island at the repeated insistence of the Sanderses He said the Sanderses wanted the material because it contained a powdery reddish orange substance that they believed was evidence of a missile explosion The Government which has rejected the missile theory says its tests proved that the powder was fabric glue The Sanderses are charged with conspiring with Captain Stacey and then helping him to steal the pieces of wreckage If found guilty they face up to 10 years in prison They were charged under a law approved by Congress in 1996 that makes it a Federal crime to steal pieces of a civil aircraft involved in a crash Captain Stacey under his plea agreement was charged with theft of government property a misdemeanor and has been promised leniency when sentenced Captain Stacey said that as an employee of T W A for 33 years he had come to know most of the members of the crew of Flight 800 who were among the 230 people killed in the crash and that like Mrs Sanders a flight attendant supervisor and training instructor he was

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/nytimes2.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • TWA Pilot Testifies About Flight 800By Richard PyleAssociated Press WriterThursday,
    about the plane s being downed by a missile In the phone conversation with Sanders Stacey unaware he was being taped said he was making it a priority to get the fabric and also would look for other materials as soon as investigators moved out of a certain area of the Long Island hangar where they wreckage was being reassembled Today he acknowledged it was his voice on the tape Stacey testified that Mrs Sanders first contacted him about helping solve the crash mystery At the time her husband was writing a book claiming that the U S Navy had inadvertently shot down the jumbo jet and then engaged in a coverup Stacey had been assigned by the TWA to assist investigators I was quite nervous and uncomfortable he said of his meetings with Sanders The confidentiality had to be maintained and it compromised my position in the investigation The main prize for Sanders was a small scrap of seat fabric bearing a mysterious reddish stain The author had it tested by a laboratory which found the stain consistent with solid missile fuel residue a discovery described in his 1997 book The Downing of TWA Flight 800 The FBI said the stain was from the glue used to fasten seat covers Former TWA Pilot Testifies By Richard Pyle Associated Press Writer Thursday April 8 1999 2 16 a m EDT UNIONDALE N Y AP A former TWA pilot said his frustration over the FBI s probe of the Flight 800 crash led him to steal evidence from the wreckage and give it to an investigative writer Capt Terrell Stacey testified Wednesday that he gave documents to James Sanders who was trying to prove his theory that the aircraft was shot down by a missile Stacey said he thought the investigation

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ap.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • Pair convicted in theft ofTWA crash evidenceUNIONDALE,
    just minutes after leaving Kennedy Airport for Paris The government rejecting sabotage or terrorism says the plane was destroyed by a fuel tank fire of as yet unknown origin James Sanders attorney Bruce Maffeo said he will appeal the verdict which he said sends a chilling message to those involved in controversial stories We believe there are a number of serious First Amendment issues to be resolved and hopefully in the end he will be vindicated Maffeo said Sanders was a journalist trying to get the truth out and made no attempt to hide the fact that the evidence was passed to him He wrote it in his book He never shied away from that the lawyer said I m shocked Sanders said in a telephone interview after the verdict I m confident we will prevail I m more shocked for my wife Liz Sanders said he wouldn t have started down this road if I wasn t prepared to go to jail It sends an incredible strong message to journalists Sanders said he bore no hatred toward former FBI assistant director James Kallstrom who headed the crash probe but still differed as to the cause of the crash I still feel this was a missile and I still feel this was a coverup he said Mrs Sanders said This whole thing has been a tragedy from beginning to end Flight 800 affected everyone at TWA and nobody who worked there will ever forget it Kallstrom since retired from the FBI said he took no satisfaction in the misfortunes of those convicted but it is important that law enforcement investigate crimes unfettered by individual agendas and without interference that could alter the rule of law Kallstrom added It is preposterous to believe a massive conspiracy and coverup is taking place

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/convict.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • The New York Observer
    track The F B I was not sharing information with other parties It seemed indifferent to testing the red residue And the Government had specifically ordered an Air National Guard helicopter pilot who witnessed the crash from the air to stop using the word missile when he talked to the press James Sanders did not create the pressure inside Terrell Stacey argued J Bruce Maffeo Mr Sanders attorney The Government did At every step of the way he saw evidence being covered up witnesses being told to forget He wanted to find out the truth Unfortunately for the Sanderses their noble motivation was all but irrelevant to the legal issue of whether they conspired to remove the material under a law aimed at souvenir hunters Evidently the jury saw little choice but to convict But the journalist and his wife have already suffered considerably Mrs Sanders lost her job as a trainer of flight attendants and had a negligible role in the matter making two phone calls to Captain Stacey The Sanderses have had to sell their house cash out their 401 k The F B I identified the real crime when it said Mr Sanders was trying to rewrite the history of the crash whose cause is officially unexplained Years ago there was glory in rewriting history and talking about Government cover ups but the discourse is now so complacent and sophisticated that Mr Sanders beliefs seem in bad taste No one in the press community has embraced him despite the obvious First Amendment issue No his case smacks of nutdom He is a conservative whose earlier books concerned POW s he gets support from Accuracy in Media The New York Times called Mr Sanders a self styled freelance investigative journalist and said the courtroom gallery teems with conspiracy

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/newyork.htm (2016-02-13)
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  • New York TimesApril 14,
    evidence of the truth But Floyd Abrams a constitutional lawyer and First Amendment expert said he was doubtful about such grounds for an appeal It s an extremely tenuous First Amendment claim absent any extraordinary showing that the prosecution was engaged in the purpose of suppressing the book or some other purpose said Abrams who added that he was stunned to have received 500 postcards from supporters of the couple The seven day trial drew nearly a dozen conspiracy theorists who insisted that the Sanderses were being prosecuted as part of a Government cover up of the cause of the crash In his book The Downing of T W A Flight 800 Sanders contended that tests indicated the reddish orange substance on the seat fabric was residue from missile exhaust evidence that the plane had been accidentally fired upon when it exploded only 12 minutes after taking off from Kennedy International Airport on July 17 1996 The Government has yet to determine the cause of the crash but has rejected the missile theory and says its tests show that the residue is fabric glue The Sanderses who live in Williamsburg Va were charged under a law approved by Congress in 1996 after the Valujet crash in Florida that makes it illegal to remove conceal or withhold parts of a civilian aircraft involved in an accident But the actual theft of the seating material from a Government hangar in Calverton N Y where the wreckage was being reassembled was committed by Capt Terrell Stacey a T W A pilot who like Mrs Sanders knew many of the crew members who were among the 230 people who died in the crash Captain Stacey appeared as the chief Government witness against the couple testifying that the three of them had conspired to steal

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/newyorktimes.htm (2016-02-13)
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    committed no crime because they were acting in effect as concerned citizens who were seeking to unmask a government cover up But the jury apparently gave the shortest shrift to that defense deliberating for the unusually brief period of 45 minutes Although the jury was out for about two hours most of that time was spent having lunch according to assistant U S Attorney David Pitofsky who prosecuted the case Jurors who were escorted out of U S District Court in Uniondale by court officers declined to comment except for one who said they had agreed they would not discuss the verdict This is a simple case of theft of evidence and nobody would have any problem with the prosecution if it involved bank robbery narcotics or organized crime said U S Attorney Zachary Carter Elizabeth Sanders a flight attendant trainer for TWA appeared stunned after the verdict and said I m shocked She had been accused of persuading a senior TWA captain who was assisting federal investigators probing the crash to filch the red residue from a hangar in Calverton Sanders claimed however that Capt Terrell Stacey was so upset by what he saw as flaws in the federal investigation that he volunteered to give them the red residue In a plea bargain with the government Stacey became the chief witness against the Sanderses The usually jovial James Sanders the author of three books and a former California police officer was subdued and said he still believed that the government covered up the fact that a missile destroyed the plane Sanders said that he had always been prepared to go to jail as part of his search for the truth but that he was upset that the government had indicted and now convicted his wife Just think if it

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/newsday415.htm (2016-02-13)
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