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Navy Brass
From left to right, Vice Adm. John R. Ryan, Adm. Vern Clark, Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig, and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, circa 1996.

National Security Invoked Re Navy Activity Near Flight 800

Well before radar data from the crash was publicly available, news stories discussed the possibility that a ship below Flight 800 could have been used as a platform for a missile launch. Within a week of the tragedy, a London Times article entitled 'Streak of Light' reports raise possibility of missile fired from ship contained speculation about just such a scenario. The Times reported that "FBI agents believe any missile must have been fired from a ship beneath the plane."(London Times, 7/23/96)

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Scene from CIA Video
Scene from CIA Video.

Dear Major News Networks,

Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO)

Request for Equal Time Re TWA Flight 800

The last time a federal agency (the FBI) concluded its Flight 800 Investigation, you, the major news networks transmitted their message nationwide, unchecked and uncontested. The FBI's message came in the form of a CIA video, complete with dramatic music, professional narration, and state of the art animations.

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Ships on radar
Ships and other radar targets in vicinity of TWA Flight 800.

Letter to FBI: Ship Identities

Dear Director Schiliro:

As a concerned US citizen, I have been closely monitoring the federal investigation into the July 17, 1996 loss of TWA Flight 800. Nearly four years after the tragedy, secrecy continues to shroud the details of the FBI investigation. In May of 1999 I represented Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization (FIRO) at the House Aviation Subcommittee's hearing on the reauthorization of the NTSB, where a report on the anomalies within the federal investigation was submitted into the written record.

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TWA Flight 800 and NTSB Protocol

After nearly four years, the federal investigation into TWA Flight 800 is coming to a close. In August, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to release its final report on the incident, covering a federal investigation costing taxpayers approximately 40 million dollars. The June report will represent a long and expensive investigation, but will it have been thoroughly and properly compiled?

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Jim Kallstrom

The Consequences of Secrecy and Interagency Conflict: Undermining the Official Investigation intoTWA Flight 800

The search for the cause of the explosion of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996 resulted in the most extensive accident investigation in aviation history. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began two separate investigations into the tragic and unexplained accident. The FBI conducted a criminal investigation that centered on suspicions that the explosion may have been caused by sabotage. The NTSB investigation was structured in accordance with guidelines specified in Chapter VIII, Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations that permit the active assistance of all parties involved in the design and operation of the aircraft. The NTSB outlines their investigation procedure as follows:

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