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Subject: HOT! TWA-800
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April 06, 1999 2:13 PM
Subject: NEWSTIP: TWA-800, Re: Letter to CEO's of Boeing &
TWA - MISSILE SHOOTDOWN
April 6, 1999
TO: The Seattle-Tacoma News Media
KIRO-TV7 News; KIRO Radio News
KOMO-TV4 News; KOMO Radio News/ABC Network
KING-TV5 News/NBC Network
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Matt Drudge, The Drudge
Dave Zeeck, Executive Editor,
The News Tribune
Suki Dardarian, Senior
Editor, The News Tribune
U.S. Representative Jennifer
U.S. Representative Norm
Other interested media, investigators and truth seekers
Dear News Editors, et al:
The following letter (appended below) was sent yesterday to The Boeing
Company CEO Philip Condit, TWA CEO Gerald Gitner, as well as other
high-level government officials, including U.S. Senator Slade Gorton.
This letter serves as YOUR WAKE-UP
investigate and report the now known facts and truth of this most
horrendus crime and cover-up ordered by the Clinton Administration, or
more appropriately, the Liar-In-Chief.
Recently uncovered information
now shows that TWA Flight 800 was shot down by one or more shoulder-fired
missiles on July 17, 1996. The deaths of 230 people cry
out from their graves for the truth. Their families and the American
people have a right to know the truth. And just as important, The Boeing
Company and Trans-World Airlines need to be vindicated of any wrongdoing.
As termed by Commander William Donaldson, III (USN, Ret.), in his letter
below, the Clinton Administration's deliberate and calculated cover-up of
it, should "send
parties to jail for Misprision of Felony Homicide."
Additional information and complete detailed findings can be found at the
following Website, which is maintained by the Associated Retired Aviation
Professionals located in Clements, Maryland:
http://twa800.com/ Commander Donaldson can be
reached at 1-800-270-1026, E-Mail: ARAP
see that this information is not swept under the carpet and concealed any
further by the Clinton Administration, his "Wag The Dog"
conspiring minions, and the puppet-controlled-establishment major
media, who only report "the news that's fit to fake."
/s/ John R. Prukop, Airline Transport Pilot
"Reason obeys itself; and ignorance does whatever is dictated to
--Thomas Paine, Rights of Man ("Conclusion")
Coalition: Citizens For A Constitutional Washington
John R. Prukop, Executive Director
11910-C Meridian Ave. E., #142
Puyallup, Washington 98373
TEL: (253) 840-8071
FAX: (253) 840-8074
Cmdr. William S. Donaldson, III - USN, Ret.
Aviation Mishap Analyst
P.O. Box 90, Clements, Maryland 20624
Web site: twa800.com
April 5, 1999
Mr. Philip M. Condit
The Boeing Company
P.O. Box 3707, Mail Code 10-10
Seattle, WA 98124-2207
Mr. Gerald L. Gitner
Trans World Airlines
One City Center
515 North Sixth St.
St. Louis, MO 63101
unexplained loss of TWA Flight
Over the last four months our investigation into the loss of TWA Flight 800
has produced information far surpassing that contained in our July 20, 1998
Interim Report to Congress. We can now prove, before a jury or other
independent fact-finding body, that the aircraft was shot down. We can also
explain why the Administration covered it up and expose some of the methods
they employed to do so.
Your corporations are being scapegoated and defrauded by Administration
officials because, had the truth about this incident been reported before
November of 1996, it could have derailed the reelection of Clinton/Gore.
Exposed now, it could send guilty parties to jail for Misprision of Felony
We can provide your attorney's with witnesses, documents, or reference
material that will support the following text:
knowledge of a threat prior to the loss of TWA Flight 800
Administration knew that in 1996, surrogates from rogue states had access
to MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) or shoulder-fired missiles in
mid-eastern weapons bazaars. $5,000 would acquire the least capable model,
the Russian SA-7. $50,000 would buy the most capable, the Chinese Vanguard,
a deadly new missile upgraded from US Stinger technology transferred to the
Chinese in the early 90's. Superior to the Stinger, this missile has a much
longer range. The Administration also knew Iran had a limited number of US
Stinger missiles in inventory.
* The Administration was aware that, worldwide, MANPADS missiles had
already claimed 26 civil transport aircraft and was only a matter of time
before a U.S. Flag carrier would be targeted and hit. They knew the
Administration had dodged a bullet in 1994 when Maryland State Police found
a fully armed French Mistral MANPADS missile ready to fire on its tripod
directly under a busy northeastern air route.
* In response to sanctions unilaterally levied against Iran by Mr. Clinton
in 1995, Iranian surrogate's car bombed US troops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
and later smuggled MANPADS missiles into the US from across the Canadian
border. Iranian officials warned the Administration that they considered
enactment of the Iran/Libya Sanctions Act tantamount to an act
* When Mr. Clinton signed the Iran, Libya Sanctions Act of 1996, a decision
was made by the Iranian Supreme Council to approve attacks on major
American targets. Terrorist surrogate groups from nine countries were
summoned to Tehran to meet with Iranian officials in June of 1996. Later
that month, a huge truck bomb was deployed against the US Air Force
barracks complex at Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Three weeks later, TWA
Flight 800 was shot down only hours after an explicit warning of an attack
was received in London and Washington that taunted the President.
* The White House, the CIA and the FBI were aware of the threat and they
knew preventing that attack was their primary responsibility.
* We can show the Administration anticipated incorrectly that, if the
missiles were used, they would be targeted against Olympic air traffic
landing or taking off in the Atlanta area.
* We can provide testimony that immediately after Flight 800 was shot down,
Mr. Clinton called an FBI command post supporting the Olympics and informed
them Flight 800 was downed with shoulder-fired missiles.
* The White House, the CIA and the FBI political leadership have waged an
unrelenting disinformation campaign from the onset. This has ranged from
the White House spokesman stating, "Anyone in government that says this was
a missile only has half a brain", and to the CIA cartoon that libeled
hundreds of eyewitnesses.
left * The day
after Flight 800 was shot down, the Justice Department, helped by 1,000 FBI
agents, began the process of converting hundreds of witnesses into the
first American "untouchable cast". The political leadership of the NTSB
aborted its mission in one surrender of its responsibilities after another.
When the Justice Department illegally ordered the NTSB crash investigators
to have no contact with witnesses or their statements, and the NTSB
complied, the investigation was over, the cover-up and Misprision of Felony
Homicide had begun.
* At the NTSB Public Hearing in December of 1997, the word "witnesses" was
not even mentioned. Before and since, they have been ridiculed, slandered
and liabled in official videotapes and statements made by government
* On March 15, 1999 the derailment of the Spirit of New Orleans after she
hit a steel truck at a railroad crossing in Bourbonnaise IL, prompted a
media wide call for witnesses by NTSB officials. It seems a witness was
needed to prove the truck had driven around the safety gate. Apparently,
investigations are much simpler and witnesses more creditable for the NTSB
when there is no White House interest.
* We have access to 107 witnesses on 4 aircraft, 19 boats, and 31 locations
ashore. They were located in a 360° circle around the missile
engagement. Their live testimony alone will prove the aircraft was shot
down. This is why the Justice Department has kept air crash investigators
away from witnesses for 2 1/2 years and also one reason they are conducting
a malicious show-trial prosecution of author and outside investigator James
Sanders and his wife. It's hard to interview witnesses from a Federal
prison. The FBI failed to identify and interview 17 of these people. Among
these 17 are witnesses on a boat who may have seen the escaping shooter.
suppression of Missile Evidence
left * It appears,
aggressive FBI missile-team field agents eventually solved the problem as
to the cause of the crash, but had no support in the FBI leadership. In
fact, the FBI leadership seems to have deliberately withheld vital
information from their own agents.
* George Gabrial, the senior FBI Agent on Long Island and personal friend
of Mr. Kalstrom, was a close witness on his boat. We can provide witnesses
who overheard him say he believed what he observed was a missile. FBI
missile-team members did not know he was a witness until we informed them.
* The FBI has videotape that was shown to military experts of a missile
shot from off the coast of Long Island that failed to engage a target. This
first attempt was nearly coincidental to the Khobar Towers attack 3 weeks
before Flight 800’s loss.
* By late September, 1996, FBI missile-team members had established
informal liaison with military missile guidance experts. By that time the
FBI knew witnesses at sea on all sides were pointing to a missile launch a
few miles southeast of Flight 800's explosion point. What they observed fit
the profile of a MANPADS missile engagement.
* 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.
* The fishing vessel Alpha Omega recovered one of these motor cans in early
October, 1996, while trawling for scallops about 2 nautical miles from
Flight 800's explosion point. The crewman, not realizing the importance of
his find, noted the two distinctive ignition wires attached to the can
before he threw it overboard.
* Despite overwhelming forensic evidence of a weapon impact in the number 2
main tank of the left wing and witness testimony of a missile attack, the
Administration would not fund military missile experts or allow the FBI to
trawl for missile parts until after the November 1996 elections.
* The Alpha Omega was one of five trawlers contracted by the Navy
Supervisor of Salvage for trawler operations. 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!
* Responding to the previous findings, Special Agents Bongardt and Otto
took a live ejector motor can from a Stinger missile aboard all the
trawlers under contract, showing it to captain and crew.
* Interrogated for hours, the Alpha Omega crewman insisted the can he found
had the same features, ignition wires, etc. but was somehow different.
* That interrogation should have prompted the FBI leadership to suspect
they may have been dealing with the longer-range Chinese Vanguard or
Russian SA16/18 missiles.
* It is clear from the Supervisor of Salvage's operational trawling maps
depicting "missile firing zones" and the FBI Trawling Operations Manual in
our possession, that the Justice Department's intent was to find and hide
from "other Interested Parties", missile ejector cans, missile battery
cooling units and the last Flight 800 Scavenge Pump the NTSB was trying to
blame as a source of a spark.
* The $ 5 million trawling operation was funded by NTSB, contracted to
civilian scallop boats through the Navy Supervisor of Salvage from 4
November 1996 until it was suddenly terminated on 30 April 1997, yet the
trawlers were manned 24 hours a day by teams of FBI agents. Up until 30
April 1997 the scallop boat captains had been told the operation would
continue indefinitely for months or even years. FBI agents got the word via
cell phone to shut down the operations. On two of the boats, when the
captains refused to stop until the Navy contractor on board told them to,
the agents threatened force to make the captains shut down. The first agent
backed down when the captain told him he would go anywhere at gunpoint, but
the agent could expect to be charged with piracy on the high seas when they
got ashore. The second agent backed down when the captain informed him that
he was armed also and he was the captain and they weren't going anywhere!
* The FBI's trawling plan was flawed in the following ways.
a. The missile firing zones depicted on the charts were 1.75 NM and 2.7 NM
radius circles. These distances are accurate for two types of MANPADS but
the Chinese Vanguard exceeds those ranges.
b. They used the last transponder response from the aircraft as the aircraft
explosion point. The aircraft was travelling east over 2,900 feet between
each transponder response. A two-second error would move the trawling off
by 1/4 mile.
c. They failed to notice, until December 1996, a recorded surface radar
contact only 2.9 NM from Flight 800 when it exploded!
d. They failed to identify that boat!
e. They failed to adjust the trawling lines to cover that boat's surface
track while it was in range of TWA Flight 800.
* The FBI told military experts they had a witness who perfectly described
a MANPADS engagement terminating in an impact on Flight 800’s left
wing root. It includes boost; sustainer-motor burn and total missile
fly-out time typical of the US Stinger and its copies.
* Military thermal imaging of B747-100’s provided to the FBI by China
Lake Naval Air Weapons Facility, indicate a MANPADS missile fired from a
low forward quarter would guide toward the three air pack exhaust ports,
directly under the center wing tank and not, as publicly stated for the
engine nacelles. See attached
* Military computer modeling of the TWA 800 engagement, using Stinger data,
shows the missile’s velocity would degrade to 400 meters per second
as it climbed through 13,700 ft. This would cause the circular error
probability (CEP) to expand to 20 ft. or more, allowing an impact almost
anywhere on the aircraft.
* Stinger guidance technology provides a last instant steer-forward command
to avoid a miss by flying through an engine exhaust plume. Such a command
would explain a missile, fired from in front, steering for the air pack
exhausts under the center wing, impacting forward on the left wing root
* The Stinger, for example, has a two-pound warhead with three fusing
options, contact, penetration and time-out.
* Using stinger missile fly-out data provided to the FBI by military
experts, the combined velocity of missile body and aircraft at impact would
be 1950 ft/sec.
* If the cockpit voice recorder hasn't been tampered with, an audio
laboratory should be able to discern this velocity through its analysis of
recorded frequencies. This may be why the NTSB has refused to allow the
Cockpit Voice Recorder group to convene and study the data generated from
the Bruntingthorpe tests done in England.
* E 3D ½ MV2 would predict kinetic energy available at impact of
over 1.2 million foot pounds.
* The kinetic energy from a missile body entering the number two main,
¾ full of fuel, at mach 1.8 would cause the tank to burst from
* Fused for penetration, the two-pound high explosive warhead, bursting in
the fuel could impart an additional 200-PSI spike of hydraulic ram
* Jet fuel is over 700 times the density of air. A MANPADS missile
warhead’s fragments would be stopped in a few feet of fuel, negating
high velocity fragment damage to aircraft components. Mr. Kalstrom’s
public statements repeatedly used the lack of high velocity fragment damage
as an excuse to ignore witnesses and shutdown the investigation.
* The Navy China Lake missile impact "Quick Look Engineering Study"
identified 4 criteria for expected damage if a shoulder fired missile hit a
747-100 inboard main fuel tank. All four are caused by hydraulic over
pressurization of fuel tanks. All four are in evidence on the left wing.
None of these criteria have ever been seen in previous air crashes.
* The China Lake report’s first two recommendations were to detonate
shoulder-fired missile warheads in fuel tanks to determine if the fragments
would be trapped and to do live firing of these missiles at inboard main
tanks to compare to left wing damage on Flight 800.
* Mr. Kalstrom ignored all seven recommendations; cherry picked statements
out of the China Lake report and used them out of context in the media to
argue the aircraft was not shot down.
* When Mr. Kalstrom was faced with having to take action on the China Lake
report he chose to shut down the investigation.
* At the time the FBI investigation was prematurely shut down in November
of 1997, the FBI had failed to identify a fast moving boat captured on
radar only 2.9 nautical miles from Flight 800 when it exploded. Mr.
Schirilo, who replaced Mr. Kalstrom, admitted that fact in a letter to
* After his retirement, Mr. Kalstrom was taped stating the boat captured on
radar was really a helicopter. Considering the radar target was
non-transponder and was tracked on the surface at speed below 36 knots for
35 minutes prior to disappearing over the horizon, even FBI agents have
acknowledged Mr. Kalstrom’s excuse is nonsense.
* Witnesses afloat and ashore observed a six second missile burn (Stinger
rocket burn is 6 ½ seconds) coming from the near vicinity of the
* Senior Justice Department officials need to be compelled to answer under
oath why testing essential to determine if Flight 800 was brought down by a
shoulder fired missile was not funded and why they ignored the forensic
evidence, military experts, witnesses and their own FBI field agents.
The search for the
left * Discovery of the
plight of the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder and their two
Ducane pingers, after water entry, may be the key to unlocking the
cover-up. We can show a Grand Jury how Mr. Clinton personally involved
* The NTSB is extremely sensitive to the subject of Black Boxes. They
opened the boxes without any investigators from the Interested Parties
present. They refused to allow TWA's investigator to listen to the voice
recorder more than once.
* The Voice Recorder has a "sound like damaged tape" precisely seven
seconds prior to its end. Seven seconds prior to missile impact would be
coincidental to MANPADS booster ignition. A visually bright event that
could be seen by the First Officer.
* Dr. Loeb has refused to release Addendum number two to the Flight Data
Recorder Analysis that was written to rebut our interpretation of the last
data line. The NTSB even refuses to let the Voice Recorder
Analysis group reconvene!
* The Administration's explanation of the circumstances under which the USS
Grasp" divers found the Digital Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice
Recorder is highly questionable.
* According to divers we interviewed and the Navy Supervisor of Salvage
Report, Navy divers from the USS Grasp found the recorders during Dive #2
and Dive #3 on the evening of 23 July 1996. The Administration maintains
these same divers found them more than 24 hours later at 2330 hours on 24
July 1996. East coast TV news coverage ends at 23:30.
* The most probable motive for this deception was to ensure investigators,
who are Parties to the Investigation, were not witnesses when NTSB/FBI
officials were alleged to have first opened the boxes in Washington during
the early morning hours of 25 July 1996.
* The boxes should have been found in the aircraft tail cone section, or
within its debris. Instead, divers from the Grasp found each box 30 feet
apart on a hard sand bottom, devoid of any attached debris and
neither Ducane Pinger was operating. They appeared
just as they would if dropped overboard from a boat!
* Somehow both Ducane Systems fixed themselves while in FBI
custody. They were found to be fault-free in laboratory test
* The small cylindrical Ducane Pingers are mounted on the narrow front face
of each oblong rectangular box. They are protected from damage because they
are bolted firmly to the inside angle of a short piece of angle iron.
Because of their shape, the probability of either free falling box landing
on the bottom with the pinger stuck in the sand, would be akin to a free
falling domino landing on it's end and remaining standing in that position.
* The only way Ducane Pingers can be silenced under water without evidence
of damage is by partly unscrewing the battery connection.
* The probability of both undamaged Ducane Pingers failing simultaneously
in a shallow open ocean environment, on top of a hard sand bottom,
approaches that of a spontaneous aviation kerosene explosion in an
ignition-free Boeing 747-100 fuel tank.
* We consider the fact the NTSB has remained mute about these alleged
Ducane failures is Prima Facie evidence of either abject incompetence on
the part of the NTSB who should have opened an inquiry into the cause, or
proof of a cover-up of NTSB misconduct.
* Weeks Marine, Inc. was verbally contracted by both the Coast Guard and
FAA officials the night of the crash to position for salvage operations.
They were on site the next morning with the best salvage
equipment available in the Atlantic. It was superior to Navy
assets, but Weeks Marine was stood down by the NTSB. It would be five more
days before Navy divers would be on scene to recover recorders, bodies,
etc! Why the forced wait?
* Holding Weeks Marine, Inc. to standby while ordering Navy assets to
respond from far away points deliberately condemned victims trapped in
bottom wreckage to five additional days of ravage by natural elements. This
grossly compounded the grief of the families and put at risk the ability of
medical examiners to identify all remains. The White House was responsible
for this order.
* Circumstantial evidence indicates the Administration, knowing the
aircraft to be shot down, may have ordered a covert recovery, laboratory
examination and reinsertion of the recorders to ensure the aircrew did not
describe the attack on audio tape. Scuba divers could have recovered the
recorders on the afternoon of 18 July and dropped them back overboard after
10 am 22 July, before the USS Grasp and Navy divers were on scene. During
that period of time NOAA research vessel Rude and the motor vessel
Pirouette were simultaneously sent 5 miles off the main debris field on a
"wild goose chase" by the NTSB. Both ships had been mapping that field with
side scan sonar!
* Properly done, a scuba team equipped with a Ducane locator amplifier
tube, held over the side, could position a small boat directly over active
Pingers, dive and recover the boxes in a single effort. Active pingers can
be detected by divers300 yards away.
* We have a witness that has passed a polygraph test and has provided a
sworn affidavit that a member of the NTSB leadership told him the recorders
were found and examined by 20 July. The Coast Guard told both TWA
maintenance and Congressman Forbes that the recorders were found on 18
July. The next day, 19 July, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
was told the aircraft was shot down by terrorists. Senators
Hatch and D'Amato made public
statements to the same effect.
* White House, NTSB and Justice Department officials need to be compelled
to explain these events and their actions under oath. We also have other
individuals who have asked to remain anonymous who should be questioned
* Despite a steep learning curve and the best efforts of some if its most
aggressive field agents, FBI leadership has demonstrated itself to be
functionally illiterate in the critical areas of; military weapons and
tactics, radar interpretation and air crash investigation. The fact the
White House failed to immediately assign appropriate elements of the
Department of Defense as lead investigators in the missile inquiry is
* Gentlemen, we have the "FBI Trawler Operations Manual" and Operations
Order as well as other documents left behind aboard a contract boat by FBI
agents. If found, the Justice Department intended to hide from your
companies; the last fuel scavenge pump, a missile ejector can and the
missile battery cooling unit!
TWA Flight 800 was the 27th civil aircraft shot down worldwide by shoulder
fired missiles. The Administration’s actions have greatly increased
the danger of a recurrence, not only because of the deception of this case
but because administration policy deliberately fails to link any terrorist
act to the government of the Sponsor State. This provides political cover
for the Administration's lack of action and sanctuary to deadly enemies.
I will point out the coincidence of the Clinton Administration's pro Arab,
anti Israeli policy shift and the arrival on our shores of a creditable
anti-aircraft threat under the control of rogue states. In 1994, the
Maryland State Police found a fully armed French MANPADS missile, the
Mistral, ready to fire on its tripod, directly under a heavily used air
corridor near Westminster Maryland.
Our research also found U.S. Stinger technology transferred to China in the
early 90’s enabling them to produce the Vanguard, a quality shoulder
fired Chinese missile. It was deployed first in 1996. If past history is an
indicator, the China / Iran weapons transfer link bodes ill for future air
In a worse case scenario, absent a respected American Commander-in-Chief,
Iran’s Supreme Council, or other rogue state, could successfully
shutdown or disrupt major traffic hubs worldwide by activating surrogate
cells armed with Vanguard. If they can shoot down one, why not a half dozen
on a single day?
Gentlemen, the time to act is now, regardless of any arrangements you may or
may not have had to accept. Once the American people understand the truth,
your corporations will be indemnified against any further political
extortion from this administration.
We would ask, in the interest of long term air safety, that you take an
aggressive and public pro-active stance. Challenge the Administration;
educate the media and the electorate. Severance from a politicized and
fraudulent Federal investigation is no penalty and maintenance of the
status quo is certainly no prize.
William S. Donaldson
The Honorable Slade Gordon, United States Senate
The Honorable Orin Hatch, United States Senate
The Honorable George Boinovitch, Unites States Senate
The Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr., U. S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Henry Hyde, U. S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Porter Goss, U. S. House of Representatives
Judge Kenneth W. Starr, Independent Counsel USDJ
District Attorney James M. Catterson, Jr., Suffolk County Office of the District Attorney
Col. Sommeres,Air Attache ’, Embassy of France
Gen. Bernardis, Air Attache ’, Embassy of Italy
Gen. Avi Barber, Air Attache, Embassy of Israel
Adm. Jay Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations
Adm. G. W. Prueher, Commander in Chief, Pacific
Vadm. W. J. Fallon, Commander, Second Fleet
Vadm. H. E. Browne, Commander, Third Fleet
The Families of TWA Flight 800
P.O. Box 1061, Clifton Park, NY 12065