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  • st12-9-99
    Our greatest liability is not the litigation that s going to occur as a result of an accident but the safety of the entire fleet he said alluding to engineering changes that often result from crash investigations Hinderberger agrees however with another Rand conclusion that the NTSB staff is overworked Today s report could be the credible documentation the safety board needs to get its budget increased I hope this will be a wake up call to the people in Congress that this is a very important agency and it holds a very important place in the safety equation said Cynthia Lebow who led the Rand study The NTSB s fiscal 1999 budget was 55 million about the list price of one single aisle jetliner Governed by a board of five political appointees the NTSB is charged with investigating air and ground transportation accidents and pipeline failures and with recommending action to prevent them It has no rule making authority and is among the smallest federal agencies with about 400 employees Its challenges the Rand report said aren t entirely related to insufficient resources or the tension inherent in the party system The NTSB does a poor job of managing what resources it has does not keep records in a way that helps prevent accidents intentionally and detrimentally insulates itself from the aviation industry and has archaic investigative methods the report says The party system however was the intended focus of the study which NTSB Chairman Jim Hall requested last year The effective separation of the NTSB investigative process from the litigation process is an ideal that has little connection to the reality of current practice Rand says The report based in part on many interviews of those inside and outside the NTSB cites no specific cases of a party

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  • st12-9-99a
    the July 1996 flight from John F Kennedy Airport to Paris were killed when the plane blew up off Long Island N Y The comments signed by Seattle attorneys Keith Gerrard and Steve Bell of the firm Perkins Coie are in response to pretrial questions called interrogatories posed by lawyers for families suing Boeing over the crash They also come on the heels of microscopic testing on the wreckage of TWA Flight 800 demanded by Boeing Parts of the fuselage were obtained from the NTSB and tested at an independent laboratory in Chantilly Va last month to look for traces of a bomb or missile According to a source close to the case the plaintiffs attorneys believe the results show no evidence that a missile or a bomb was involved Lawyers for the families of those killed declined to comment but the tests are expected to be discussed as early as this afternoon at a pretrial hearing before the U S District Court in Manhattan The NTSB has determined the plane crashed when the center fuel tank blew up after the 747 sat on a hot Tarmac with the air conditioner unit situated under the tank running for at least two hours before takeoff The board is seeking changes to the design of the fuel tanks While Boeing s attorneys pursue bomb theories company safety engineers say they are pursuing other matters Ron Hinderberger director of airplane safety said Boeing takes seriously the NTSB s concern about fuel tank flammability My calendar is filled with working the fuel system safety enhancements and the investigation from the standpoint of what we are doing to get changes out there Hinderberger said I m not spending my time on missiles or whether a missile was or was not involved Boeing s use of

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  • AP12-10-99
    inadequately equipped and needs more training The NTSB is running to stay in place the report said It also says the agency s practice of letting airlines aircraft or component makers involved in accidents assist with investigations could compromise its independence It urged the agency especially in high profile aviation disasters to seek additional technical expertise from government agencies universities or others without an economic stake in the case The parties likely to be named to assist in the NTSB investigation are also the most likely to be named defendants in the civil litigation that inevitably follows a major accident the report said The investigation process inherently important to the safety of the flying public has become equally albeit unintentionally important to the ultimate establishment of legal fault and blame NTSB Chairman James Hall said it was a constant challenge to make sure that safety experts not lawyers were running investigations Liability issues should not drive the public safety agenda he said at a news conference where the report was released Hall also said he agrees that his agency is overburdened but said he has been unsuccessful in getting additional staffing and resources That has been done every year I ve been chairman and every year OMB Office of Management and Budget has zeroed me out said Hall who has been chairman since June 1994 I have opposed that because I think OMB is zeroing out the public safety of the American people Linda Ricci an OMB spokeswoman said NTSB s funding has risen by more than 50 percent since fiscal year 1995 She said the office currently was reviewing budget requests for fiscal 2001 to be completed in February and would be looking at the safety board s staffing and funding needs NTSB Managing Director Peter Goelz said the

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  • My investigation began with a prediction published in the Wall Street Journal 24 April 1997 In a letter responding to Mr Hall s Mechanical Failure Hypothesis I stated an antiaircraft missile fired from a boat would pass through the aircraft like a 22 caliber bullet through a tin can And would land up to 5 miles from the main crash debris Radar Proof Sweep by Sweep Primary radar data from Islip s ASR 8 was made available to me for the first time a few weeks ago 40 months after the crash It clearly depicts a plume of very high velocity metal exploding out the aircraft s right side at approximately 20 31 13 The lead ejecta almost certainly had to be a missile body With the aircraft on a heading of 071 degrees true this radar contact separated laterally from the aircraft tract on a ballistic trajectory of 190 degrees true traveling about 3 200 feet in seven seconds Mr Chairman I can t over emphasize this point This is not theory not speculation but hard physical evidence It takes almost 2 seconds for the bullet fired from a military sniper rifle to travel that distance Only a missile body with it s hundreds of thousands of foot pounds of kinetic energy would have the inertia to perform this way on radar It only takes 8 000 ft lbs of energy for a 50 Cal Heavy Machine Gun bullet to punch through 3 8 inch thick steel plate A 747 is constructed of various aluminum alloys and rarely in thickness exceeding 1 2 inch See radar debris field map attached When the radar data is superimposed over the Debris Field you find as I predicted in 1997 none of the missile body ejecta landed in the aircraft s debris Radar shows these pieces hit the surface much farther south and west over 2 8 NM from the main fuselage impact point Only the FBI had access to this missile debris and their agents were specifically instructed to hide what they found The reason the Administration treats the Debris Field as a national secret is to preclude any Interested Parties from discovering these facts Misleading Testimony Both the Chairman of the NTSB and the Deputy Director of the FBI have consistently mislead the Congress in personal testimony and in written statements insisting the closest witnesses to Flight 800 s explosion were more than 10 miles away Not only do we have a written statement from Navy Master Chief Dwight Brumley who witnessed the missile engagement from USAir Flight 217 2 4 nautical miles away but the radar illuminated a 2 nd boat inside 3 NM to the northeast of Flight 800 s explosion point Incredibly this stationary boat is precisely on the reciprocal bearing of the ballistic course of the explosive ejecta In other words a missile fired from that boat would hit the aircraft on it s left side pass through and produce the precise plume of ejecta observed

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  • cns7-21-98
    missiles that must make contact with or pierce a target before exploding a near proximity missile need only approach a target before detonation with the ensuing shock or pressure wave being sufficient to bring down the target Grose who spent six hours on CNN as an expert commentator the night of the explosion said the new information indicates that a blast occurred on the outside of the aircraft not the inside In describing the debris recovered from around the area in which the fuel tanks are thought to have exploded Grose said The wreckage that they ve assembled is imploded rather than exploded at that point indicating a pressure from outside the aircraft A number of people including former aviators and aircraft accident investigators have said that one or more missiles were responsible for the crash and dozens of eyewitnesses have reportedly told FBI investigators that they saw what appeared to have been objects streaking through the sky toward the aircraft the night of the incident The idea of a pressure wave has some merit that needs to be either answered or dismissed and that s where I felt that the NTSB had not really fully explained that Grose said Grose was also critical of some aspects of the FBI s handling of the case saying the bureau s refusal to turn over complete information on eyewitness interviews hurts the investigation and generates more speculation One of the things Grose said that caused him to recalibrate his position on the cause of the crash was the reticence of the FBI to join and expose what they learned in their interrogation of witnesses which they cut the NTSB out of If you don t come to clean resolution you invite all kinds of conspiracy theory Grose said I really object to

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  • RollCall-2-3-00
    just weeks after Traficant s successful election as sheriff Carabbia was called to a meeting with other mobsters at a local doughnut shop The next day his car was found with the keys in the ignition in Cleveland and Carabbia has never been seen again according to James de Szigethy a journalist who has written extensively about the case After Carabbia s disappearance his wife stunned FBI agents by turning over hours of secretly recorded tapes of telephone conversations made by Carabbia that included conversations with Traficant expressing his loyalty to the mob On Aug 9 1982 the FBI indicted and arrested Traficant on bribery and tax evasion charges and played the Carabbia tapes for Traficant The sheriff offered a full confession and turned for help to a law firm that had also been mentioned in the tapes But the lawyers dropped Traficant and he ended up rejecting the government s offer to serve as a corroborating witness deciding instead to act as his own attorney Traficant explained the Carabbia tapes by arguing that he was setting up an elaborate sting operation and that he took the money so he would know who to arrest once he became sheriff The jury acquitted Traficant of all charges propelling him into history as the only defendant to ever beat the Justice Department in a mob case without an attorney Traficant rode into Congress in 1984 as the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent Republican in a presidential election year that saw Ronald Reagan trounce Walter Mondale But as Traficant built an eccentric reputation with one minute speeches usually punctuated with his trademark Beam me up federal prosecutors hunkered down in Ohio and with a network of wiretaps and surveillance agents began a frontal attack on the Youngstown mob It was launched with a 1995 raid of a Super Bowl party at the home of Dante Strollo the brother of Lenny Strollo who with Carabbia s disappearance had secured his hold on Youngstown with the blessing of the Genovese crime family according to de Szigethy Strollo s reign was marked by a wave of bloody violence that included attempted hits on public officials including a newly elected district attorney named Paul Gains Strollo eventually testified that a hit was ordered on Gains because he had won a 1996 election against a candidate who was already in the mob s pocket The evidence and documents that evolved from the Super Bowl raid eventually led prosecutors to strike a deal with Lenny Strollo who was convicted in February 1999 And Strollo fingered numerous public officials who participated in the mob s operation including Traficant s district director Charles O Nesti O Nesti who was paid 70 000 a year to handle all of Traficant s district affairs pleaded guilty last March to racketeering and perjury charges after wiretaps revealed he delivered bribes and fixed public works contracts for Strollo Traficant has said little about O Nesti s conviction and last week called him a good

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  • aw-5-17-99
    apart in midair The Witness Group includes one representative each from the FAA Boeing the Air Line Pilots Assn TWA and the International Assn of Machinists which represents the airline s mechanics For the last year the members of that group have been going over more than 2 500 documents containing notes from FBI interviews of people who claim to have seen the crash on the evening of July 17 1996 Their main goal NTSB and other officials said has been to sort those documents categorize the information in them and assemble them into a verified database that can be searched easily for common threads in eyewitness accounts But they have re interviewed some eyewitnesses who appear to have been in the best position to have observed Flight 800 s crash sequence in real time and to provide a credible account of it The Witness Group for instance has re interviewed a number of pilots in the air that night who might have seen Flight 800 On Mar 26 group members traveled to Charlotte N C to re interview the captain of an Eastwind Airlines 737 that was passing over Long Island at the moment the 747 exploded The 737 was just above Flight 800 s altitude of 13 800 ft and slightly behind the 747 at the time Group members also met with CIA officials Apr 30 to get briefed on that agency s analysis done for the FBI that concluded that most eyewitnesses could not have seen the initial explosion of Flight 800 only its immediate aftermath The most surprising information from the briefing several individuals said was the CIA officials contention that they told the FBI as early as December 1996 that there appeared to be no evidence that a missile struck Flight 800 Much of the

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  • ny0-2-16-00
    Minutes said Her official relationship with CBS ended before she pitched that story She had maybe a month to go on her contract She was anxiously looking around for other projects to prolong her employment Ms Borjesson said there was more to it She had been told to look into T W A 800 months before I was unwilling to accept the fabric without permission from a CBS executive and senior producer Josh Howard gave me that permission which is why the fabric ended up in his desk she told me I had offered it first to CBS Evening News and they said No I told Josh Be aware that a grand jury sitting in Brooklyn wants to subpoena anyone interfering with evidence Josh said We ve dealt with grand juries before I was thrilled I remember telling him that 60 Minutes was the last broadcast with balls Mr Howard said he has no recollection of those events and that he never saw the sample All I got from her was a proposal for a story It sounded kind of wacky and we said No thanks Ms Borjesson said Mr Howard was lying She faxed me a typescript of a memo dated April 13 1997 that she wrote to Jonathan Sternberg CBS counsel setting out the sequence of events The memo said she offered the material to Mr Howard and Howard agreed to take it The memo was C C d to Mr Howard who told me he does not recall seeing it In any case CBS gave Mr Sanders sample back to the Government and Ms Borjesson soon left the network and eventually went to work for CNN She was expendable said someone who then worked at CBS Kristina wanted to find out what happened She didn t care where it ended up In this instance she was going against the grain of what the network had committed to The showdown between the Government and CBS virtually unmentioned in the mainstream press set the tone for events to come The network had refused to air Ms Borjesson s interviews of Mr Sanders It believed its senior correspondents who had close associations with Government sources and assured their desks that Mr Sanders was out to lunch The guys I talk to who I have a history with and I trust they saw nothing not a scintilla of evidence of a missile said Bob Orr a Washington correspondent for CBS He said he was never impressed by Ms Borjesson What was her level of access and expertise and who did she talk to Who were her sources One and he was alarmingly thin When CBS folded it put wind in the Government s sails I was devastated Mr Sanders said My chance for vindication to force the media to turn around was gone I realized I was in serious serious trouble In what was later ruled an illegal seizure the Justice Department took Mr Sanders computer And violating its own guidelines

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