Sunday, December 04, 2005

Missile Attacks on Commercial Jets?

Bill Quick is on a story that could be a bombshell. His second post on it. His third post.

In the last few weeks, a rocket zoomed up past a plane taking off from LAX at 6600 feet. The FBI first said it was a flare or a bottle rocket (at 6600 feet?), then said it was a contrail. The investigation is closed.

Call me a member of the tin-foil hat brigade, but I still think TWA Flight 800 was shot down by a missile. On July 17, 1996 it exploded in the air near Long Island. 183 eyewitnesses saw a streak of light; 96 of those eyewitnesses said the streak came from the surface. I can see one or two people getting it wrong. Maybe even five or 10. 15 or 20 eyewitnesses would be hard to disbelieve. But 96? 96 people were mistaken about seeing a streak of light go up before the explosion of TWA Flight 800?

Bill Clinton was President then. All men are mortal, the sun rises in the east, Bill Clinton is a liar. We hold these truths to be self-evident.

Bill Clinton did his best throughout his presidency to ignore terrorism. That is not hyperbole. He thought of terrorism as a criminal matter, not an act of war. He was pursuing a chimerical peace deal between Israel and the Arafat’s dictatorship. The greatest achievement of the previous Democrat president was the Camp David Accords; it has been in the first paragraph of Carter’s bio ever since. Clinton wanted something like that in his bio. He probably fantasized of a Nobel Peace Prize. Clinton was not about to let terrorist attacks force him into a war that would interfere with the pursuit of his own peace agreement.

184 people saw something streak through the sky before the explosion. It could have been a missile fired by terrorists or some freak military accident. And it happened on July 17, 1996, as Clinton was running for re-election; the last thing he needed was a terrorist attack in America.

So I’m suspicious of the TWA Flight 800 investigation. I’m not the only one. And here and here and here and here.

But maybe all these suspicious people are wackos. Maybe for the first time in a century of aviation a commercial jet just blew up on its own.

UPDATE: I should add that I do not believe there is some conspiracy to hide what really happened to TWA Flight 800. I don't think it works that way. It's probably more a matter of bureaucratic incompetence, evasion, finding what you want to find and then shutting down the investigation when you have a safe answer that covers everybody's butt.

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