Navy involved in cover-up

Feb 182004
Authors: Joe Marshall

Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to

require Boeing and Airbus to begin retrofitting all 3,800

commercial airline jets in the United States with systems to

protect fuel tanks from accidental explosion. Not only is this

directive an unnecessary burden for the already crippled airline

industry to bear, but this mandate is also the culmination of a

bona fide government conspiracy.

Trans World Airlines Flight 800 exploded off the coast of Long

Island shortly after takeoff on July 17, 1996. The official

National Transportation Safety Board explanation for the disaster,

which killed all 230 on board, was faulty wiring inside a center

fuel tank that sparked and ignited fumes in the plane’s center fuel


The NTSB has thereby directed Boeing and Airbus to spend

$140,000 to $220,000 per plane to equip all commercial airliners

with systems that will fill empty fuel tanks with nitrogen, making

the gasses inside them inert. This measure would be a good idea if

faulty wiring inside a fuel tank were really the culprit.

According to a 2000 NTSB study posted on the Web site, 736 people witnessed the explosion when it

occurred, mostly from the beaches on Long Island on the warm summer

night. Of those witnesses, 258 reported seeing a streak of light in

the sky that abruptly ended with an explosion.

Among these 200-plus eyewitnesses were sober and responsible

parties including a National Guard helicopter pilot and people on

Long Island with no reason to lie. Ninety-four percent of the

witnesses who saw the streak said it originated from the ocean’s


The helicopter pilot, Capt. Chris Baur, said he observed a

“pyrotechnic device” make contact with a second object in the sky

and “cause it to explode.”

Baur flew his chopper to the scene, where he discovered for

himself the second object was flight 800. But since he did not

“immediately” determine the second object to be an aircraft, his

account was dismissed as unreliable.

The dismissal of Captain Baur’s testimonial is just one of many

similar eyewitness accounts dismissed by the board. In fact, not a

single eyewitness who observed a streak of light heading toward

Flight 800 was allowed to testify before the official inquiry.

The board decided what the witnesses saw traveling toward Flight

800 was actually part of the aircraft that had already exploded.

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Another inconsistency in the NTSB’s official report of the

disaster has to do with the FBI’s discovery of the explosive

residue RDX on seats in rows 17-19 of the plane. RDX is a stable

and effective explosive substance used in U.S. Navy surface-to-air


The FBI explained away this evidence by citing an amazing

coincidence. According to an essay written by Emmy award-winning

producer Kristina Borjesson, the FBI claimed the residue was

present on the plane because the aircraft was used in an exercise

that involved bomb-sniffing dogs at the beginning of that June.

Airline logs contradict this explanation. Even if the

explanation were true, it would be fantastical to believe the

residue would be spread over three rows of seats.

Borjesson’s essay also included reports of Naval exercises

taking place in the general vicinity of the crash July 17. These

reports are admittedly unreliable, but only because the Navy

refuses to confirm or deny the presence of ships in the area that


Borjesson’s independent investigation of the Flight 800 disaster

cost her a career with CBS. The man who originally leaked to the

press news of RDX residue, Jim Sanders, was brought up on federal

charges of removing evidence from a crime scene. While Sanders was

later exonerated, both of these people were publicly ruined for

their attempts to uncover the truth about the accident’s real


I’m not claiming the U.S. Navy shot down Flight 800 on purpose.

I’m claiming the Navy shot it down by accident, covered its tracks

and now is charging the airline industry almost a billion dollars

to help cover up the mistake. I encourage people to investigate

this matter for themselves and see how much evidence there is

supporting this theory.

Hero of the Week: During the job fair last Thursday, a person

wearing a George Bush mask ran into the Lory Student Center Main

Ballroom and threw a pie in the face of the Halliburton recruiter!

Delicious! Whoever you are, congratulations for stickin’ it to the


Zero of the Week: The New York Yankees. Boo! Boo to Major League

Baseball for approving the A-Rod deal and boo to anyone who’s

excited about the trade. Until baseball’s owners and players pull

their heads out of their greedy glutei maximi and settle on a

salary cap, the game will be never more than what it is today: A

tired, predictable, ridiculous farce.

Joe is a senior majoring in history and is not a conspiracy

theorist. His column runs every Thursday.

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