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    to even specify what order is being relied upon let alone what provisions of the order are applicable Such a response is clearly inadequate under FOIA First such a vague invocation of the exemptions effectively prevents the requester from making a substantive appeal addressing the legal and factual rationale for the denial That is unacceptable We trust the Office of General Counsel will not deal with this appeal in a similarly conclusory fashion should it decide to deny access to the Report Second the Response fails to meets the standards set forth by the courts for invoking an exemption based on security concerns Recognizing that FOIA requesters are at a substantial disadvantage because they lack access to the facts behind a denial the courts have required a particularized explanation of how disclosure of the particular document would damage the interest protected by the claimed exemption Weiner v F B I 943 F 2d 972 977 78 9th Cir 1991 Bay Area Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control v Dep t of State 818 F Supp 1291 1295 N D Cal 1992 More specifically in national security matters the courts have required the agency to describe the withheld information and the justification for withholding with reasonable specificity demonstrating a logical connection between the information and the claimed exemption American Friends Service Committee v Dep t of Defense 831 F 2d 441 444 D C Cir 1987 internal citations and quotations omitted The agency cannot resort to conclusory and generalized allegations of exemptions Halpern v F B I 181 F 3d 279 290 2d Cir 1999 internal citations and quotations omitted Here the Department has not even begun to provide the requisite specificity for the denial Nor is the Department s reasoning self obvious To the contrary it is hard to image

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/foia-appeal.htm (2016-02-13)
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    The war on terrorism has been joined with the war on illegal drug use Ashcroft said He added that because of the investigation by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency narco terrorists from South America to Southeast Asia are less able to threaten American lives and American security In a separate case that Ashcroft described Wednesday three men are fighting extradition from Hong Kong to face charges stemming from an alleged scheme to use profits from illicit drug sales to finance the purchase of Stinger missiles for the al Qaeda terror network The three men two Pakistanis and one U S citizen originally from India allegedly sought to sell a half ton of heroin and five tons of hashish in the San Diego area and use the money to buy four Stinger missiles authorities say The three suspects in custody in Hong Kong were identified as Syed Mustajab Shah and Muhammed Abid Afridi both of Pakistan and naturalized U S citizen Ilyas Ali They were arrested Sept 20 and appeared in a Hong Kong court on Tuesday to fight extradition to the United States Hong Kong a former British colony now under Chinese rule has an extradition treaty with the

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ap-11-06-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    in charge of the TWA 800 Shoot Down investigation P S As the News Hour ended they stated that Rudmann didn t mean to use the phrase Shoot Down To view the video of the show go to http www

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/pbs-10-31-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    Which could mean that while emergency lighting comes on in the passenger cabin the black boxes have stopped working A 30 year veteran airline pilot and certified flight safety expert said they build the boxes to withstand smacking into the ground at mach speed but not to keep recording during electrical power loss Swissair 111which plunged into the Atlantic in 1998 due to an electrical fire and power failure we think had the final six tragic minutes missing from the black boxes Numerous cases have been sited by the NTSB in their recommendations to the FAA including TWA 800 Their point is clear when investigating Egypt air 990 the flight deliberately crashed by the co pilot off of Nantucket The NTSB Report makes these shortcomings in the most important system of accident investigation frighteningly obvious While chilling detailed conversations between the pilot and co pilot the co pilot s Islamic praying everything the jet did every system command every slight movement the plane made were all recorded and part of the report the actual final dive and final minutes of the suicide flight into the ocean were not The co pilot shut down fuel to the engines at about 27 000 feet once the electricity being generated by the engines stopped the two recorders stopped working What happened in the final dive of Egypt flight 990 even how long it took was not recorded The NTSB final report states The FDR and CVR the black boxes stopped recording at 0150 36 64 and 0150 38 47 respectively the last responder return was received by Nantucket radar at 0150 34 The Boeing 767 was still at or above about 25 000 at that time Even if deliberately sent into a nose dive as is believed to be the case here the jet would only be able to descend at between 10 000 and 15 000 feet per minute At least the final two minutes maybe more were never monitored or recorded and as such never analyzed by NTSB investigators Critical data telling the final story of Egypt Air Flight 990 is lost forever What happened to that flight What happens when a 767 is sent into such a dramatic decent What happens to its flight surfaces structural integrity etc Information about the remainder flight 990 after it climbed back to 25 000 feet an unknown number of minutes before impact came from the airplane s two debris fields before it started a second decent which continued until the airplane impacted the ocean That from the NTSB That s all from the NTSB on the final minutes While many blame government cover ups for missing final moments or gaps from TWA 800 or United 93 or even American Flight 587 and other downed airliners black boxes it may not be a case of government cover at all or it may very well be The gaps and missing moments could be power failures or even short intermittent power interruptions If a plane is

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/wnd-10-10-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    dark haired accomplice The infamous sketch of John Doe No 2 was always tucked firmly in her grip Davis soon uncovered that several employees at an Oklahoma City property management company said they had seen a brown Chevy truck like the getaway vehicle aggressively pursued by law enforcement parked outside their office in the days before the bombing The company s owner was a Palestinian with a rap sheet and suspected ties to the PLO Davis learned that six months before the bombing the Palestinian hired a handful of ex Iraqi soldiers to do maintenance at his rental houses Eyewitnesses told Davis that they celebrated the bombing She was also made aware that these same men were absent from work on April 17 1995 the day McVeigh rented the Ryder truck that carried the bomb While pursuing the story of these Middle Eastern men Davis also became aware of another ex Iraqi soldier in Oklahoma City named Hussain Hashem Al Hussaini She was taken aback to see that Al Hussaini s picture when overlaid with the government sketch of John Doe No 2 was arguably a perfect match He even sported a tattoo on his upper left arm indicating that he likely had served in Saddam Hussein s Republican Guard Davis then set about looking for a connection to McVeigh Nichols Al Hussaini and other Iraqis It came when a colleague located two eyewitnesses who claimed to have independently seen Al Hussaini drinking beer with McVeigh in an Oklahoma City nightclub just four days before the bombing This convinced her station to run with the Iraqi connection story It was met with some controversy The Justice Department responded that the identification of John Doe No 2 was merely a case of mistaken identity Al Hussaini contacted local reporters claiming to be falsely accused Davis did not back off because she believed she could repudiate Al Hussaini s alibi AND SHE LOCATED two dozen witnesses who identified eight specific Middle Eastern men the majority of whom were ex Iraqi soldiers who were seen with McVeigh and Nichols Two witnesses named Al Hussaini as the dark haired olive skinned man they observed one block from the Murrah Building just before daybreak on the day of the blast She also uncovered evidence that implicated several of Al Hussaini s co workers One of these men was identified as sitting in the driver s seat of a Chevy pickup at an Oklahoma City apartment complex hours before the truck was abandoned on the lot and towed to the FBI command post According to police records the truck had been stripped of its vehicle identification numbers and identifying body molding The story gathered steam Here it would appear was the deserted pickup that was the same vehicle that was seen speeding away from the vicinity of the Murrah building with two Arab looking occupants And there was more Five witnesses independently fingered several of Al Hussaini s associates as frequent visitors to an Oklahoma City

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/mastalk-10-10-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    out of balance When that happens an aircraft will immediately pitch up and stall I am a former Navy pilot World War II era a graduate engineer from USC a United Airlines pilot from 1953 to 1985 and I spent the last 20 years before retirement as an ALPA safety representative which included participation in several accident investigations Since retirement I no longer speak for any of those organizations Nevertheless all of my training and experience suggests to me that TWA800 did not continue to fly and zoom climb as portrayed in the NTSB and CIA animations Basically it is a matter of weight and balance Pilots may not understand all the intricacies of aircraft design but they do understand the performance of the finished product An aircraft must be in balance in order for it to fly I like to compare an aircraft in flight to a teeter totter next page Normally the CG center of gravity is slightly ahead of the CL center of lift The CG is balanced at the other end by a downward force of the horizontal stabilizer If the aircraft gets too slow and stalls loss of lift the CG will pull the nose down like an arrow the aircraft will pick up speed and the pilot can recover from the stall However it is possible to load the aircraft so that the CG is behind the CL In that case the horizontal stabilizer needs to develop upward force in order to keep the aircraft in balance But this is not desirable because now if the aircraft stalls the CG will pull the aircraft down tail first and the pilot cannot recover from the stall The following graphic shows TWA 800 before and after nose separation The tail has a limited amount of up or down force that it can exert That means that the CG must always stay close to the CL so that it doesn t exceed the maximum balancing force of the tail If the CG gets too far from the CL the tail loses all control So there you have it After nose separation the only way TWA 800 could have continued to fly and zoom climb was for the CG to stay inside the yellow box But by Boeing s own calculations the CG didn t even stay in the same ballpark We would have had to attach another sheet of graph paper to show the CG s new position at 494 606 lbs and 57 8 MAC The only thing the aircraft could do with the CG at 57 8 MAC was to immediately pitch up and stall W ell I am basically a pilot and I did the rough calculations on the teeter totter diagram However Ed Zehr is an aircraft designer who worked on the X 29 some of Ed s work can be found at www twa800 com Ed was surprised that our calculations agreed so closely since he had used an iterative procedure using

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/lahr/zoom-climb.htm (2016-02-13)
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    laboratory analyses of foreign objects found during victim autopsy examinations Some of those objects have been determined to be consistent with pellets used in anti aircraft missiles Pellets were also found in the victims of the October 4th 2001 Sibir Airlines crash over the Black Sea and helped confirm that a Ukrainian missile downed that jetliner Graeme Sephton is FIRO s Freedom of Information Act FOIA coordinator and launched the lawsuit on July 17 2000 after the FBI refused to release the requested documents The FBI is not expected to deny that the requested documents and analyses exist but rather that they cannot find them Their brief to the Appeals court cites an affidavit by FBI FOIA attorney Scott Hodes that explains how the search for the documents was conducted Hodes describes a preliminary search of the FBI s Central Records System as the means for locating the documents However former FBI Crime Lab officials say that the requested reports and analyses are not stored in the CRS but are stored in a separate FBI Laboratory database Neither the FBI Brief nor Hodes affidavit mentions any search of an FBI Laboratory database FIRO will argue that the FBI s search

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/firo-9-11-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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    that the submersion would prevent any sparks from igniting fuel vapors The FAA s inspection order affects 515 of the 737s 247 of the 747s and 678 of the 757s operated by U S carriers Foreign airlines operate about 2 100 of the jets The FAA is sending advisories about the pumps to its counterpart agencies in those countries The FAA will issue a follow up directive in a few weeks instructing carriers to repair or replace any faulty pumps Wojnar said The pumps are located in the center fuel tank under the fuselage Some planes may also have pumps in wing tanks Boeing spokeswoman Liz Veridier said her company sent the airlines a bulletin Wednesday ordering the pumps replaced on 116 new planes that had been put into use this year Greg Ward president of Hydro Aire said the problem appears to have occurred while the pumps were being assembled Hydro Aire meanwhile has X rayed all of the pumps that had not yet been shipped to Boeing about 150 pumps and found about 3 percent contained the wiring problem Ward said He said one pump that the company took apart after it was returned by an airline contained a wire that had been rubbed by a nearby rotor creating concern of a potential spark When you have fuel covering the pump there s no oxygen so there can be no fire he said Other 737s 747s and 757s were ordered to fly only with their tanks full enough to cover the pumps until further inspections could be carried out said Boeing s Veridier The problem was detected on three planes that had pumps short out and stop working giving the crew an indication of low pressure in the tank said FAA spokesman Les Dorr The British carrier easyJet

    Original URL path: http://twa800.com/news/ap-8-30-02.htm (2016-02-13)
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