Friday, December 15, 2006

You gotta wake up people

'Zoom climb' scenario falling apart
by Jack Cashill
December 14, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

Slowly but surely, retired United Airline Capt. Ray Lahr and attorney John Clarke are prying open the can of worms known as the TWA Flight 800 investigation, and sooner or later the major media will have to take notice.
WABC in New York already has. Two weeks ago, the station's Jim Hoffer did a short feature headlined "Major court ruling in TWA Flight 800 case." What proved to be most newsworthy about the feature, however, was not the ruling in question but a surprising admission by former NTSB managing director Peter Goelz

Protecting Clinton's legacy
by Jack Cashill
December 1, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

World Net Daily

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Please read Part 1 before proceeding.

Part 1 of this exploration led from the first World Trade Center bombing in February 1993 to the destruction of TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. The culprits behind both, perhaps indirectly in the TWA Flight 800 case, were likely an elite crew of Baluchi terrorists – WTC I mastermind Ramzi Yousef and 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM) being most notable – that sold its services to both al-Qaida and Iraq...


...At the 9-11 commission hearing in spring 2004, the first question asked of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was whether anyone had briefed her before 9-11 in regard to terrorists "using planes as bombs." She said no. In his least objective thrust, Lance chides Rice repeatedly for this and implies that she is lying.

Lance makes no mention of what Clarke had told the same commission before Rice testified. Under questioning, Clarke admitted that the "knowledge about al-Qaida having thought of using aircraft as weapons" was relatively old – "5 years, 6 years old." He asks that intelligence analysts "be forgiven for not thinking about it given the fact that they hadn't seen a lot in the five or six years intervening about it."

There are only two reasons why Clarke might not have shared any of this information with the incoming administration. One was incompetence. The other was to remove TWA Flight 800, which exploded five years before 9-11, from the conversation. The evidence points strongly to the latter.

Clarke had help keeping this all under wraps. Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who suppressed the TWA 800 investigation, was likely placed on the 9-11 commission for no other reason. She had been in a position to kill the OKC investigation as well


On March 21, 2004, Richard Clarke publicly declared, "There's absolutely no evidence that Iraq was supporting al-Qaida ever." It was this kind of treacherous double talk that led to 9-11 and that has emboldened the bad guys to keep on fighting. Let the hearings begin.

The Path from WTC I to WTC II
by Jack Cashill
November 30, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

World Net Daily

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Look for Part 2 tomorrow.

TWA Flight 800 is the Rosetta Stone of 9-11. If we can accurately decipher the destruction of that plane July 17, 1996, we will be able to interpret the larger events of Sept. 11.
I appreciate the patience of those who have followed this effort, which is essentially a work in progress. Since we have begun this journey on the pages of WorldNetDaily, I have heard from hundreds, if not thousands, of aviation professionals, eyewitnesses and family members, many of whom have contributed to our collective understanding. Needless to say, this journey could not have begun without the work of James Sanders, my co-author on "First Strike."

Since the 10th anniversary of TWA Flight 800's demise July 17, 2006, I have received more useful intelligence than I had in the five years prior. The most recent contributions include Peter Lance's bold new book, "Triple Cross," reviewed on these pages last week, terrorist expert Laurie Mylroie's continuing research, and an extraordinary technical review of the crash data, simply titled "Review of Government Evidence from the Crash of TWA FLIGHT 800." I will refer to this document as the "Review." I and a few others received it from an author or authors still unknown, but who is/are following this series in WND...

(Column continues below)

What follows is an outline of the path from WTC I to WTC II according to best available evidence. If this outline seems more coherent than those you have seen elsewhere, there are two reasons why. One is that almost no one in the mainstream media will utter the words "TWA Flight 800." This includes several prominent terrorist experts, who deeply distrust the government's mechanical explanation for the plane's demise but who are understandably reluctant to go public. Kudos to "Triple Cross" author Peter Lance for breaking this taboo. He risks his career in so doing.

The second reason is even more problematic than the first. In their relentless effort to discredit President Bush, the mainstream media refuse to acknowledge the possibility of an Iraq connection to either the first WTC bombing or 9-11, let alone to TWA Flight 800. Indispensable to understanding the Iraq-al-Qaida connection is the work of Weekly Standard reporter Stephen Hayes.

Pundits talk endlessly about connecting the proverbial dots, but if they leave two critical dots off the table, connections become mere concoctions. What follows are some verifiable dots, logically connected...


Lance argues that Yousef and his "uncle" Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM) originated the 9-11 plot and had drafted plans as early as 1994. He ties the Baluchis into al-Qaida.

Laurie Mylroie makes a much stronger argument that the loose living, religiously indifferent Baluchis – Murad, Yousef, KSM and their various "cousins" – were an elite, Iraqi-trained crew of terrorists who put their services on the world market once the Iraq-Iran war came to an end. Mylroie does not believe that they hooked up with bin Laden until 1996 when the still obscure Saudi moved to Afghanistan.

Many serious people – including Lance and anti-terror czar Richard Clarke – think it possible that the Baluchis taught Terry Nichols how to build a truck bomb during one of his many visits to the Philippines. The Clinton administration found it much more politically useful to drop the swarthy "John Doe No. 2" from the investigation and restrict the OKC bomb plot to the blond and crew-cut...

'Triple Cross' blows TWA 800 wide open
by Jack Cashill
November 22, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

world net daily

Of all the mainstream reporters writing today on the terror front, none has the cojones of five-time Emmy Award winner Peter Lance, author of the new book, "Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI – and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him."

Lance sets out his thesis in the subtitle of this sprawling, daring epic, but as Lance knows, the most explosive part of his book deals not with Ali Mohamed, the master spy in question, but with the fate of TWA Flight 800. This is the Boeing 747 that blew up mysteriously off the coast of Long Island on July 17, 1996.

"Triple Cross" is sufficiently important that I will take at least two columns to explicate it, the second and perhaps third on Lance's larger thesis, the first on his inquiry into the fate of TWA Flight 800. In the way of full disclosure, Lance and I have over the last year or two shared information on a few of the key elements within the book.

Free republic discussion
Basically anyone promoting a coverup theory is either saying:

1) originated, controlled and managed by the NTSB (a small independent agency largely comprised of mild-mannered engineers.)

2)A wide variety of current and former NTSB employees have had the lives of themselves and their families threatened in order to keep them quiet, and this has been maintained over two presidencies.

People SERIOUSLY believe one of the above two?


16 posted on 11/22/2006 9:03:38 AM PST by Strategerist

To: Strategerist
Not that I am defending Cashill, but I didn't read his article as abandoning his own missile theory and adopting Peter Lance's theory so much as just reporting on the new theory. For instance:

...I have some real points of disagreement with Lance's arguments. Although Lance pushes the mainstream media to their limits, he has largely stayed within their pale. This I understand, especially on the subject of TWA Flight 800. To mention the word "missile" in that context is to risk losing a TV presence.
I think, generally, conspiracies are nearly impossible to maintain on a large-scale for any length of time. People just cannot keep their mouths shut.

But I do think there could have been a Middle Eastern connection to Oklahoma City, and I wouldn't rule out bureaucrats "overlooking" evidence on TWA 800 in order to cover their asses.

That being said, I have yet to actually be convinced that either of these two theories are anything more than interesting conjecture.

35 posted on 11/22/2006 9:16:55 AM PST by Thrusher...

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