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Warnings Edit

Al-Hayat statement Edit

Someone calling themselves "Islamic Jihad Movement - Change Wing" sent a warning to London's al-Hayat newspaper the day before the attack. [1]

Beirut warning Edit

Someone calling themselves "The Movement of Islamic Jihad" and "The Jihad Wing of the Arabian Peninsula" had faxed a warning to a newspaper in Beirut. Donaldson sources this information to a Newsday.com report of July 19, 1996, and to a Reuters report of the same day that calls this "the same group that claimed responsibility for" the November 1995 bombing in Riyadh. [1]

Christopher S. Carson describes this as "the same fax" sent to al-Hayat. [2]

Israeli warning Edit

Yediot Ahronot claimed that Mossad had warned the US to expect a "sabotage or hijacking" of an aircraft. [1]

Evidence of a boat-fired missile Edit

Eyewitness testimony points to "at least two distinct missile launch positions offshore." [3]

Missile test fire Edit

William Donaldson alleges that the FBI has video of a missile being test-fired from the water several days before the crash. [4]

We are going to get into some sensational stuff that was leaked to me ... to our investigation ... by military experts that were consulted by the FBI. And they are not happy ... these military experts are not happy about whats happened here. One of the things that happened immediately before the shootdown was that four days before the event, right on Long Island a fellow was up on his roof taking video shots. He had a brand new video camera and he captured a missile shot. It was done just after dawn and was out over the ocean. Now the FBI got that video and eventually took it to a military ... I can't say which unit ... but they viewed the video and to a man I'm told, including one that saw it, that it was a missile shot that was captured. They didn't see the bright plume going up because the guy had his back to the event and as he turned around he went "oh my God!" and takes a picture of the smoke trail that was left of this missile going up ... going out on the ocean near Long Island

Christopher S. Carson, citing an FBI 302 memo released to Raymond Lahr, reports that witnesses recorded a missile test fire on July 12. [2]

Witness to missile impact Edit

Donaldson describes a female witness who saw the missile from its launch through the time it hit the aircraft. [4]

The big one is one of the reasons that witness testimony is being held secret or top secret by the FBI is that according to our military informant they have a witness ... the FBI has got a witness who was close to the shootdown, obviously on a boat, who describes a missile going up burning under power for about six seconds, bright white exhaust plume. Then the motor went out, the missile coasted for a couple of seconds and she described it hitting the left wing root of the aircraft. OK. Now that's pretty sensational and it describes because of the timing .. that's why with these two new witnesses that we talked to earlier why I wanted them to say what they told me about the time they saw a missile in flight.

... My source is a ex military officer who is an expert in the field of anti-aircraft weapons and he was consulted ... now the way the FBI did this ... they would not allow any military investigator or expert to view or read the witness form. They only way that they could convey information was by voice ... in court later I guess somebody couldn't say "I saw that document and I know there is a witness". But the account was told explicitly.

Videotape of missile impact Edit

According to Jack Cashill, the newly launched MSNBC channel obtained and broadcast a videotape of a missile hitting TWA flight 800 before the tape was seized by federal police. [5]

Although I have not seen the July 17 video, I have heard from scores, if not hundreds, of credible people who swear they saw it on television in the first hours after the crash. Some have described it to me and other independent investigators in perfect detail.

MSNBC, launched just two days prior to the disaster, seemed to have won the bidding war for the rights to the July 17 video. I say "seemed" because my source will not speak on record, nor will MSNBC follow up on queries.

What I have been told, however, is that late on the night of the crash, editors at MSNBC had the tape on their monitors when "three men in suits" came to their editing suites, removed the tape, and threatened the editors with serious consequences if they ever revealed its contents.

The threats worked all too well. Despite my repeated requests, my source, who was one of the MSNBC editors in question, will not go public, and this video too has disappeared from the official record.

Satellite imagery Edit

Cashill: [6]

On July 22, 1996, the London Times went so far as to report "that the satellite pictures show an object racing up to the TWA jet, passing it, then changing course and smashing into it."

The Times cited an earlier New York Post report about the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Ejector can recovery Edit

According to William Donaldson: [7]

In December 1996, FBI missile team members told military experts that two separate commercial fishermen dredged up and threw back a MANPADS first stage, the missile ejector-motor can. The ejector motor, about the size of a Coke can, fires in the tube, ejecting the missile, then drops in the water when the missile 2nd stage booster ignites... When FBI agents finally came aboard in November 1996 to begin trawling and brought pictures of three objects they were looking for, it was that point the crewman told them they were too late, he had already found and discarded an ejector can!

Donaldson alleges that "the Scallop boat, Alpha Omega found and discarded overboard the first stage of a shoulder fired missile in October of 1996" [8] and that "there is a significant body of evidence" that FBI agent Stephen Bongardt found such an ejector can during a dredging operation. [3]

Radar evidence and FBI dredging operations Edit

Donaldson: [8]

The Scallop boat, Alpha Omega found and discarded overboard the first stage of a shoulder fired missile in October of 1996 two miles from Flight 800's explosion point. This is near the spot where Islip radar recorded a boat traveling away from the exploding aircraft at 30 knots. Through questions submitted for us by this committee, we forced the FBI to admit that they failed to identify that boat.

When I ascertained that fact I was dealing with special agent Steve Bongart. He has since been ordered not to answer questions or have further contact.

Donaldson released an image of ISLIPdata showing the "Radius of FBI Dredging operation. Notice that more than half of the area of the dredge was not where the wreckage was tracked." [9]

Suspicious boats Edit

A "certain" witness Edit

Cashill: [5]

At about 7:30 PM on July 17th, 1996, the night of screams and death, a certain witness, later interviewed and found credible by the FBI, was on an excursion boat off Long Island. He couldn’t help but notice a small boat zipping past, draped oddly with a thick plastic cover. Something was sticking out through the cover. It just happened to be a "cylindrical tube which appeared to be as big as the boat itself." At the helm of the boat was a man with dark hair and a mustache.

Quincy Gilliam Edit

Quincy Gilliam reported seeing suspicious activity from his private yacht Aphrodite: [10]

On 16 July, the day before the crash, "he observed a high-speed radar contact (estimated at 30 knots) pass close by on radar but was unable to see the ship. It was running without lights."

On 17 July, after the crash, Gilliam saw three 25-foot boats with "non-standard dim red bow and stern lights" following him towards Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The boats stayed in close proximity to each other almost as if tethered together and remained in position less than 200 ft. from "Aphrodite" for the next six hours... nothing changed until 0300, 18 July 1996 when Dr. Gilliam picked up a loud-and-clear plain language radio transmission from nearby stating, "I'm going to need a tow." When Dr. Gilliam responded on the same frequency, "Vessel needing assistance, this is the Aphrodite, can we be of help?" The three boat's light's disappeared.

The FBI expressed little interest in interviewing Gilliam, but "Dr. Gilliam was asked not to tell anyone else about his nocturnal encounter with the mystery boats." Later, Gilliam noticed that "the boat's deck log was missing from the box of navigation gear he had taken off the boat prior to its sale."

William Donaldson suggests the three boats may have been "Navy Special Warfare boats on a point defense picket line."

Iranian transportation claim Edit

Donaldson cites a Times of London report of August 25, 1995: [1]

Senior Iranian sources close to the fundamentalist regime in Tehran claimed this weekend that TWA flight 800 was shot down last month by one of three shoulder-fired Stingers of the type used by Islamic guerrillas during the Afghanistan war. The sources said the missiles arrived in America seven months ago after being shipped from Karachi via Rotterdam and on to the Canadian port of Halifax. They claimed an Egyptian fundamentalist group backed by Iran was responsible for smuggling the weapons across the Canadian border into the United States. The group, the Gama'a al-Islamiya, comprises followers of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman...

Counter-evidence Edit

Richard Bott concluded, repeatedly, that there was no sign of a missile impact, finding no evidence of fragmentation from an exploding warhead and no evidence of damage opposite any potential entry holes. This rebuts the Sanders theory of a missile piercing the fuselage, leaving fuel traces on the seats, and exiting the other side. [11]

Donaldson would cite Bott's report as evidence for a missile impact. [3]

Cover-up allegations Edit

Accusations against Clinton administration Edit

Numerous authors note that Bill Clinton was running for re-election at the time and would have an incentive to avoid the appearance of weakness.

FBI director Louis Freeh would accuse Sandy Berger of having led a cover-up of Iranian involvement in the Khobar Towers bombing of June 1996. [2]

Accusations against FBI Edit

William S. Donaldson alleges that FBI agent Steven Bongardt has been ordered not to have any contact with Donaldson. [8]

Accusations against NTSB Edit

In his 1999 testimony to Congress, William S. Donaldson accused NTSB chairman James Hall of orchestrating the arrests of journalists James and Elizabeth Sanders and flight inspector Terry Stacey, and ordering the arrest of flight inspector Linda Kuntz . [8]

This rabid behavior to GET Stacey and Sanders at any cost and make an example of them, with the arrest the week before NTSB's Public Hearing, was tailored for maximum intimidation and is in stark contrast to the Justice Department's indifference in the case of Chinese espionage... This didn't happen without the tacit approval of Chairman Hall. In fact, Mr. Hall wanted Linda Kuntz, another exceptionally talented and respected TWA crash investigator arrested after she pointed out NTSB employees were changing passenger seat location data to conform to NTSB's nonsense theory.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 William S. Donaldson, Terrorist Warnings before and after Flight 800, http://twa800.com/pages/alhayat.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Christopher S. Carson, The Cunning Passageways of TWA Flight 800: An Unauthorized History, http://www.newenglishreview.org/Christopher_S._Carson/The_Cunning_Passageways_of_TWA_Flight_800:_An_Unauthorized_History/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 William S. Donaldson, letter to James Hall, 2000 June 19, http://twa800.com/letters/hall-6-19-00.htm
  4. 4.0 4.1 William S. Donaldson, interview on Art Belll radio program, 1998 December 1, http://www.thehullthread.com/bell.htm
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jack Cashill, TWA 800 FOIA Suit Yields Smoking Gun, 2007 August 30, World Net Daily, http://www.cashill.com/twa800/twa_foia.htm
  6. Jack Cashill, More on the missing TWA 800 imagery, 2007 September 20, World Net Daily, http://www.cashill.com/twa800/more_on_missing.htm
  7. William S. Donaldson, letter to Philip M. Condit and Gerald L. Gitner, 1999 April 5, http://twa800.com/sanders/ceo.htm
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 William S. Donaldson, testimony to House committee, 1999 May 6, http://twa800.com/hearing/hearing.htm
  9. William S. Donaldson, Radar Data Overhead View from 20:30 - 20:50, http://twa800.com/dredge/islip_radar_45.gif
  10. William S. Donaldson, Aphrodite's Encounter, 1998 November 8, http://twa800.com/report/exhibit36.htm
  11. Richard Bott, TWA Flight 800 Missile Impact Analysis, NAWCWPNS TM 8126, 1997 December, http://twa800.com/china/china.htm

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