Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Lies and Crimes of TWA Flight 800

If you care about investigative journalism the way it used to be practiced before the onslaught of corporate media monopolies, you have to read this piece about one very brave journalist who has paid dearly for her efforts to expose the facts in an explosive (literally!) case with enormous implications. It is the story of how the FBI and the CIA interfered with the NTSB, suppressing the testimony and eye-witness accounts of hundreds of people. And finally, it's the all-too-familiar story of how mainstream media obeyed its marching orders from Gov-Corp, and was instrumental in burying the truth on every level.

Please take the time to read this review essay of Kristina Borjesson's new documentary about the corrupted investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800. It's the story of how things really operate in the beltway bubble, and how facts and inconvenient testimony can be made to just go away. Yeah, this will sound familiar to some of you! This is a documentary I am not going to miss.

From Veteran's Today:

How the Fraudulent Investigation of an Airline Disaster Foreshadowed the Lies and Crimes of 9/11
by Anthony James Hall  
 Kristina Borjesson has directed an important feature-length documentary film that casts new light on an extremely flawed federal investigation into the crash of TWA Flight 800.
As viewed by hundreds of eyewitnesses looking eastward from the shores of Long Island, a Boeing 747 bound for Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in the evening of July 17, 1996. Many of these eyewitnesses viewed missile-like objects rising from the ocean’s surface to meet the trajectory of TWA Flight 800 in the moments before the airliner exploded into two fireballs.
TWA Flight 800 relates the story of how politics intervened to prevent an honest federal assessment of the causes of an airplane crash. The FBI and later the CIA jumped into the investigation preempting the role of a number of career professionals working under the auspices of the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB was ostensibly the lead federal agency in the investigation but its activities were clearly subordinated to agencies charged to act in the name of “national security.” This deep intervention into the realm of aviation safety marks the inception of a new phase in the growth of the national security state. Especially after 9/11 the apparatus of so-called national security would assert dominance over more and more areas of American life.... More here.


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