TWA Flight 800: Skeptics driven by history

Conspiracy theorists are busy working to reveal the truth.  Not for money or fame, but because history has proven they should keep digging. Photo: M. Jaeger

NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 – A new documentary film called TWA Flight 800 will be released next month on the 13th anniversary of the TWA tragedy, claiming that key evidence was hidden from the public, that eyewitness testimony was purged from the investigation, and more.

On that night, 230 people died 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Paris, France. Following the crash, two separate investigations ensued in parallel: one by the FBI, and the other by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). 


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The FBI launched a criminal investigation due to speculation that terrorism brought down the plane. The FBI investigation lasted sixteen months, and concluded that there was no criminal act. The NTSB investigation lasted 4 years, and concluded that a fuel tank explosion was the cause of the disaster.

Reaction to the news of the documentary is mixed. NTSB investigators, the former director of Aviation Safety at the NTSB Tom Haueter, and family members of the deceased took offense to the accusations brought forth by TWA Flight 800, claiming the filmmakers are long time conspiracy theorists out to make money on the tragedy. However, former TWA 800 investigator Hank Hughes (retired) paints a completely different story. His motive is “truth”, telling ABC news that, “It was either a terrorist attack, that they wanted to ignore, or an accident as a result of a military operation that went wrong.”  Contemplating the possibility of a cover-up, he went on to say, “Governments are capable of doing some terrible things.” 

Sadly, this is true all over the world, even in the United States, where there is much history of government doing bad things.  For example:

Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by Robert Stinnett, a World War II Veteran, showed that U.S. cryptographers broke Japan’s diplomatic codes in 1940. On October 9, 1941, the U.S. intercepted and decoded a dispatch, which sought out the exact locations of American warships in the harbor. The implication is that the U.S. knew that Japan was targeting Pearl Harbor for an eminent attack, but did nothing to stop it.

Between the years of 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted syphilis experiments on rural African American men to study the progression of untreated syphilis. Lured to the experiment by free meals, healthcare and insurance, our officials led these men to believe they had “bad blood.”

In perhaps the most terrifying example of “governments doing bad things” comes from our own Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1962, with Operation Northwoods.  Designed to incriminate recently communist Cuba as a terrorist state, this plan’s goal was an invasion of Castro’s Cuba. The Kennedy Administration rightfully rejected the plan and many theorize this rejection led to JFK’s assassination.

In 1953, the CIA led Operation Ajax, a plan to overthrow the Iranian government in a plot to secure cheaper oil for Great Britain due to the nationalization of Iran’s oilfields. This operation led to the Iranian revolt against the U.S. installed government in 1979, and saw the establishment of a hostile, anti-U.S. regime, and the overall tarnishing of the U.S. reputation in the region. The CIA used the word “Blowback” to describe the unintended consequences of covert operations, and to this day, we fail to learn from these lessons.

Fast forward some 49 years later as the CIA sat back and watched an unsuccessful attempt to oust now deceased Hugo Chavez from Venezuela, due to his rejection of U.S. engineering firms trying to gain control over the operations of Venezuela’s oilfields, and due to Chavez’ growing distance from the U.S.

In October of 2005, the New York Times reported that the NSA report purposely misrepresented facts that occurred on August 4, 1964 in the Gulf of Tonkin to cover up honest but embarrassing intelligence errors. However, politicians used the NSA report to persuade the U.S. to invade North Vietnam.

TWA Flight 800 may be hard to swallow, especially if the evidence points to cover up of either a terrorist attack, or an accidental downing of a civilian plane by the U.S. Navy. If the conspiracy theorists are busy working overtime on this investigation or others, it is only because our own government has given them the history lessons to prove they should keep digging. 

 


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Mike Jaeger's column, Greater than Energy (">Energy") can be found under the Health and Science area of the Washington Times Communities and he has been writing this column since July of 2012.  He occasionally writes pieces on economics and politics as well.  He has expertise in energy, energy markets and energy production and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Science and Technology in Nuclear Engineering Technology.

 

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